One thing I have always dreaded since having kids is them growing up. I wish they could stay young forever because time goes by so quickly and before you know it your little one is all grown up. I always use to sigh at my mom when she said things like that to me but now I fully understand. My oldest daughter is 8 and it seems like just yesterday she was crawling, and walking around. As she gets older I try to provide her with open lines of communication. I want her to be able to come to me with anything but most of all I want her to understand that I am her biggest fan and will always be there for her whenever she might need me, even if she needs answers or has questions about becoming a woman and all the changes her body will be going through during this time in her life.
Having The First Period Talk With Your Daughter
I am proud to announce that I have been chosen as a U by Kotex Ambassador. What exactly does that mean? Over the next 6 months I will be sharing with you my journey with my daughter and our talks about this very important topic. Including questions she might have about her period or getting it. If it’s one thing that I have learned is that talking to your kids is the most important thing when their bodies start changing, it can be very scary.
I am reminded of the time that I started my period. My mom had never talked to me about it but I knew it would happen, through health class but had no idea what to expect. I was home alone and getting ready to walk to the corner and meet my best friend to walk over to school when I felt something. I went in the bathroom and sure enough there it was. I panicked and immediately called my mom at work and told her I was dying and bleeding. Now I didn’t know completely about the process or when it was going to come so I freaked my mom out and she asked me a ton of questions. She then told me that I had my period and told me to put on a pad and get to school. I had winged it and put the pad on and off I went to school. I told my best friend what happened and she asked if I was okay. I told her that I wasn’t sure but if I died on the playground not to let anyone step on me. The whole day she looked out for me and went home to ask her mom about it. When mom got home she shoved a book at me and I read about it from a medical book but I wasn’t very prepared. I even asked my best friend, who still is my best friend today, what she asked about and she told me that she got the book shoved at her too.
I guess back then it was different and a forbidden topic with parents, the way our parents were raised was not to speak of things like that. I am not sure, but the last thing I want is my daughter freaking out like I did when I got it. As much as I dread my babies getting older I have accepted that they do and I want them to be prepared for everything as much as possible, like Aimee Teegarden did with her mother. You can check out the video below which launched this June from Kotex and Nickelodeon ParentsConnect.
I am not sure exactly how to approach the topic with my daughter especially since she is only 8 and I think of her still as little.
Thankfully U by Kotex has a wealth of information including first period questions and products available for Tweens and their moms or dads about starting these period talks and helping to make pads that are thin that you can forget you are wearing one. I was amazed at just how much help they provide on their site including Facts as well as tips and tricks for preparing to talk to your daughter about this issue and choosing the right products. The right products are key because my first period I felt like I was wearing a diaper around me and it wasn’t very comfortable but with U by Kotex the pads are designed for serious protection as well as flexibility so it moves with your body and is absorbent. The wings prevent bunching and scrunching which can lead to leaking.
Here is to the journey that I am about to embark on with my daughter and hopefully it can help spark a talk with your daughter as well. The more prepared they are the less fear they will have.
“I wrote this review while participating in a Brand Ambassador Campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of U by KotexTween and received products to facilitate my post and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”