There’s a lot more to “the talk” than just informing your tween about “getting” her period. Sure, it’s important that she knows what’s in store, how to prepare, and how to handle it. But what about beyond her first period? Like, how to deal with what comes along with her period, from month to month?
It’s important to know the warning signs of an oncoming period — like crampiness (is that a word?) or backaches or headaches (all three for me!). When you know the signs, you won’t be surprised, or have an unpleasant accident. Preparation, preparation, preparation!
We’ve already discussed how it’s important to have the necessities with you, just in case…and U by Kotex Tween products are perfect. They’re small and discreet, but still offer all the protection that your tween needs.
This small bag is perfect…it holds all the “incidentals” that are not so incidental to a tween who is on the go.
While your tween’s menstrual cycle is not likely to be regular at first (although it might be), it’s not a bad idea to keep track of her period so she knows when to expect it. Mark it on a calendar, so you both know when it should be expected again.
It might be a good time to mention that, along with her period, she might experience moodiness, sadness, and other emotions. It can be confusing to feel these emotions — and not know why or feel like they’ve sprung up from nowhere — and not know how to cope with them. It could help if she knows it can be part of the hormonal changes taking place in her body.
There’s another issue that should definitely be a talking point when it comes to your tween and her period: Hygiene. Changing your pad regularly (and frequently) helps avoid accidents, not to mention less-than-pleasant odors. This is important, as far as staying clean, staying healthy, and avoiding embarrassment.
Of course, your tween might not immediately pick up on the signals that her pad needs to be changed…but you can give her some pointers. For instance, set a timetable; maybe recommend that she change her pad every X hours (anywhere from two hours on up (maybe even sooner!), depending on her personal needs) or perhaps every time she goes to the bathroom (if that’s not every hour, of course!). It’s different for everyone, but you and your tween will figure out what’s right for her.
You can find all kinds of resources on anything and everything to do with your tween’s period — questions and answers, other girls’ stories, and basically the 411 on every topic you can think of — at Hello Period, courtesy of U by Kotex.
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.