Over the past few months I've been discussing periods and preparing for them to my tweens. The time will come, any day now, when two of my step-daughters will start their periods. It's a life transition that I want the girls to be prepared for and not scared of. U by Kotex has a website page for period questions that could be helpful for tweens and teens. The Kotex site is also a great reference to prepare for your talk with your daughter. I've browsed both sites with the girls and found an abundance of information, tips and advice on what to do to prepare for menustral flow and how to take care of it when the time arrives. I've used the information on the websites to get recommendations on how to explain monthly maintenance and how to deal with mood swings. I've also explained the importance of hygiene and changing pads when needed.
Some of the things that I learned on the Kotex site and talked to my daughters about was making sure they know to continue normal bathing routines. Although there is a flow from down below, it should not deter them from washing and cleaning themselves. I also explained that it's important to change pads frequently and always have extras on hand. There's nothing more embarassing than having an overflow and not having extras on hand to freshen up. I also explained that having an odor is natural. This was the most concerning to my girls but I explained that it's not always the case and usually the odor will only be noticeable to them, as long as they continue to use proper hygiene and bathing practices. We also went over the importance of letting me know when an accident happens that causes stains on their clothes. I assured them I wouldn't make fun of them or cause a scene, but rather want to know so the problem can be solved quickly and the clothes can be laundered.
Because I've anticipated the upcoming changes in my tweens, I'm able to be more open with them and help them with any questions they may have.
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