Talking to your daughter about important topics doesn’t have to be as hard as you think. Some times just picking the right time to start the talk is all you need. I always get a sick feeling when I think about having to talk to my daughter about sex and puberty. I mean, who wants to talk about that stuff? I mean, my daughter is young it seems crazy that it’s already time to talk to her! Girls are starting their periods earlier and earlier, the sooner you get started talking, the better! You’d hate to put it off too long and end up starting the talk after it has already started.
Good mother/daughter activities:
Sometimes breaking the ice by doing fun activities together can really help when you are trying to talk about things. I find that my daughter feels most comfortable and opens up most when I’m curling her hair or painting her nails. This is about the only time that the boys don’t want to be around us and it gives us time to talk, uninterrupted.
Reading cues from your daughter:
When your daughter is ready, you will be able to tell. She will start to ask little questions and that will open it up for you to bring up more topics and talk about more in depth topics. Just watch for her cues and you will be able to easily start talking.
The earlier the better:
The sooner you start talking to your daughter about her period, the easier it will be to discuss more in the future. If you start your talks as early as possible, she won’t feel uncomfortable to ask you questions about things as she continues to grow. This could help throughout her entire life.
After your talk:
After you discuss her having her period, you should have a kit ready for her for when she does start. Take a small cosmetics bag and put a few Kotex Tween pads in there so if she were to start she could easily stick that in her backpack/purse and be off to school. The Kotex Tween pads are made smaller to fit her body better. You can put in a few other items that she will use, like bandaids, hair ties, hair brush, nail file, lipgloss, etc.
Start talking early and your daughter will feel comfortable….then have all of the supplies readily available for her. She won’t feel so overwhelmed and scared if you stay calm and just tell her all the facts. So many girls don’t realize that his happens to all females….everyone goes through it. They aren’t strange or broken (these are things I remember hearing when I was growing up), it is totally normal and part of growing up. Also, getting her the Kotex Tween supplies will help with her comfort. She doesn’t want to use something that would fit you, she needs something smaller to fit her body. It’s nice that someone finally realized this and created a product just for our young girls.
For even more ideas, visit U by Kotex Hello Period for tips and ideas to get to talking!
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 a products to facilitate my post and a promotional item to thank me for the time to participate. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.