Do you remember when your mom had the “talk” with you…or did she? My mom talked to my sister and I a little bit about it. I can remember my sister not wanting to hear anything about it. I laugh as I think about it because she was probably plugging her ears and going “lalalalalala,” as mom was talking. I was usually the
obedient one who listened and since I was the older sister, I had to experience it first anyway. I can remember my mom giving me a thin paperback book which explained some of what I was going to be going through.
Now it’s my turn to share with my daughter what her body is going through. Last year, while still in elementary school, they showed a short health video on the changes they would be going through. I really wanted Emily to hear about the facts of life from me and not this video. So I started the conversation. Deep down in my heart, I hope to be the mom who is approachable, and can be asked or told anything. I want our conversations to be meaningful. Which is why we had one of the first talks about the “changes.” I also found a great book by American Girl called The Care and Keeping of You – The Body Book For Girls which we read together. Kotex has helpful information for both of us! One for moms to help us facilitate the talk with our daughters called Pick Your Day. The other is for our daughters called Hello Period. I have looked through both of these pages and I will be back with Emily. Just knowing other girls are beginning this very journey helps with reassuring her!
She started 6th grade last Fall and I wanted her to be prepared so we put together a couple of Kotex Tween Pads in a cosmetic bag. This way she was ready no matter where she was and we will do the same thing this next year.
I will continue sharing our journey during the next several months. It’s not always going to be easy. I still need to share some of the symptoms (cramps, headaches, bloating). I don’t want to scare or stress her out right now. We all know our daughters and how much information they can take all at once.
Do you remember your mom having the talk with you? Or how did your talk go with your daughter(s)?
Disclosure: 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.