Summer is over and girls are heading back to school. If your daughter has yet to have her period, but is in the age range where puberty is starting, will she be prepared if it happens at school? Will she feel forever embarrassed, or have you prepared her for this important milestone in her life?
I have had the talk with my daughter about what happens when her body changes, but now it is time to talk about what to do when the moment actually comes. To prepare my daughter for our talk, and to give her something to help her while at school, I got a small pouch that is just big enough to hide a few light day pads. The U by Kotex Tween pads are the perfect size because they are small, yet still absorbent. We placed the pouch in a small zipper pocket in her back pack so it is tucked away in case she is in school or choir when she gets her period. I have also informed her that if she starts at school she should go to the office and tell the nurse to call me and explain what happened. This way I can bring her either a change of clothes or possibly take her home for the day (if there happens to be an accident).
I told her that when it does happen she might feel like she pee’d herself and she may have what feels like a belly ache, but in reality it is cramping. I also said that if anything like that happens she should just raise her hand tell them its an emergency. She should take her bag with her and go to the bathroom where she can check to see what has happened, and if necessary she can text me or call from the bathroom so I can call the school to explain why she is not in class.
Even though she is pretty much prepared, she is still very scared that someone will find out that she started when it does happen. I told her not to be worried, if she wants she can just tell them she got sick and needed to come home. No one will have to know.
To make her feel a little more comfortable about how prepared she really is, I told her the story about when I was at school and started. I had on white sweatpants and of course had to walk through the hallway to find my teacher so she could go to the office and call my mom. They let me sit in the bathroom until my mom arrived with a change of clothes.
Because of what happened when my period started, we also put a back up outfit in her locker in case something like that would happen to her. It is just a pair of sweatpants and a t-shirt to get her by.
Just in case there were any questions she still had, I set her up on the U by Kotex webpage. Here she can find questions and answers, plus advice from other girls her age.
As a parent, if you are looking for a way to start having puberty talks with your daughter, visit the Kotex/tween site. You can find conversation starters, puberty facts, and the website even lists questions your daughter might ask you!
Find additional posts about this topic here:
- Month One – What you should know about having the talk.
- Month Two – Nine things you should discuss with your daughter.
- Month Three — Getting Ready for the talk with your daughter.
- Month Five — Sharing Monthly Maintenance Tips with your daughter.
Written by Heather.
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.
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