When I was a teenager I NEVER thought I would have a family that included four children. Growing up I was an only child which meant I didn’t have to share my toys with any brothers or sisters. I remember thinking that when I grew up, I only wanted to have one child that I would be able to spoil that wouldn’t have to share their things either. My thinking must have changed because I am the proud mom of 4 children who are always keeping me on my toys.
My daughters are ages 15, 13 and 8. I then have a 4 year old son. One thing I have found throughout the years of being a mom is that these kids need good quality time spent with them. Quality time with the family, individually and sometimes time with just the GIRLS. See the picture below of my daughters smiling.
They were smiling until their very active brother wouldn’t cooperate for the picture.
There are days that the girls just want to spend some time with mom and not their silly brother. So sometimes the little guy will go over to his Nana’s house while me and the girls go watch a movie or something fun. There are also days when I need to spend some one on one time with each of my children. I have noticed that the little outings that I do individually with my children are the times they talk about the most.
With my daughters, individual time with mom can be important. I have found when I pick them up at school and I am by myself, they like to tell things they normally wouldn’t mention around the whole family or maybe around dad. Like the days they start their period at school and might have had to ask a friend for a pad and were embarrassed. I have two daughters that have already started their period which hasn’t been a fun experience for either of them.
My youngest daughter just recently turned eight years old. I also recently learned that girls can have their period as young as eight. Now that I have that knowledge, I have been preparing in my head what I am going to say to my daughter so she is prepared before it actually happens. I started my period when I was in junior high at school and remember having to go to the office to ask the nurse for some help, so embarrassing!
I think I am almost prepared. I have plans to talk to my daughter at a time when the rest of the family isn’t around to make her feel embarrassed. I know she has heard of her sisters or me talk about tampons or pads, but I don’t think she knows any of the details just yet. I plan to take her on a mom-daughter date and include a discussion about what periods are and what those pad thing are that her sisters complain about. I want to allow her to ask questions and I want to be able to tell her what she needs to know. I am also going to let her know her sisters are already prepared so she can go to them for help if mom isn’t around or maybe if she feels more comfortable talking to them about something in particular.
Sometimes I wish my kids would stay young forever!
What is neat is the Kotex Tween line of products for those that have daughters that have already started their period.
Kotex has a neat feminine product line called the U by Kotex Tween that includes different pads and liners designed for the young ladies in pretty and colorful packaging. For more helpful information about having the First Period Talk, be sure to visit: www.kotex.com/tween
“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.”