I have four daughters.
I also have two sons, but that doesn't have quite the same impact as saying that I have four daughters. Four daughters means four times the drama, four times the make up, four times the clothing and shoes and jewelry -
and four times that I will need to have the period discussion.
Over the course of the next six months as a U by Kotex Tween Ambassador I will be discussing first periods, the reality of dealing with teenage girls, teaching them about their bodies and how to teach them to live their lives without letting a period overwhelm them.
I have, of course, discussed menstruation with my older girls, but the younger girls know very little about it - except to ask, What's a period? - when an older sister moans about cramps or hunts for the heating pad. I've explained it to them, in easy to understand bites of information, but it's a topic I know that I'll need to delve into more in the near future.
Have you had "the talk" with your daughters? Did you do one big talk, or several smaller ones? I have been open with my girls and hope that they feel confident in their ability to ask me anything they wonder about periods, no matter how off the wall it may be. The Kotex site has some great tools such as a calendar with facts about puberty, questions your daughter may ask, ways to start the conversation and more - even if you have already had "the talk", it's a great place to refresh your information. There's also a teenage specific page that can be a great way to open the lines of communication with your daughter.
I remember when my mom gave me a book to read and I dog eared the period specific pages. I was both mortifed and astounded that something like this was going to happen - and I fervently prayed that no boys would ever know. In my house with both male and female children, of course, that's never going to happen.
Are you as open and honest as Aimee Teegarden's mom?
“I wrote this review while participating in a Brand Ambassador Campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of U by Kotex Tween and received products to facilitate my post and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”