Back To School With U By Kotex Tween Products #KotexMom

School is officially back in session and the kids are having a great year so far! While Josiah is homeschooled, Ry has enjoyed being back in school with all of her friends and is super happy that softball is back in season, too. She can already hit a home run and can outrun all of us, that's for sure! I was a tomboy just like Ry when I was her age and was always running around the neighborhood with all the boys trying to beat them at basketball and every other sport. I remember the first time I heard the word 'period'. One of my friends started having cramps and backaches for the first time. Our favorite teacher, Mrs. Oxford took her aside and told her all about getting her period and the signs that it would be starting soon! That's the first time I really thought about getting it and just how embarrassing it would be if I got it at school for the first time!
Thanks to U by Kotex, back to school time doesn't have to be scary for girls. If they have had their period or even if they haven't just yet, they should be prepared. There are some great ways to prepare our girls so they are ready just in case their period decides to show up at an inopportune time. Here are some tips:

  • Let them know what to expect.  Have a nice talk with your daughter to let her know what to expect when their period is nearing. There are signs (the cramping and such) she can look out for. Once she does get her period, she can track it each month to estimate its arrival and be prepared. 
  • Pack an Emergency Kit! You never know when your period will show up. Tracking can give you a good idea, but it's just an estimate. That's why it is best to be prepared with products. Ry has a pencil case and many other girls carry cosmetics cases, so I let her pick out one at the store. It's inconspicuous and so are the pads from U by Kotex. I put a few in there along with some lip gloss and other items I knew she would enjoy and put them in the pouch of her bookbag. This way it is there just in case. It can be her emergency kit!
  • Let her know you are there. Moms and daughters have a special bond. I love letting my daughter known I am there for her when she needs to talk. Period talks are so important and I want her to not only feel comfortable asking questions, but to also be ready when the time comes. 
  • Show her helpful products! Another thing I remember worring about as a tween, when wearing a pad, if others could tell. The ones we had back then felt like a diaper because they were so HUGE! I remember them rubbing my legs to the point of being sore, too. It was horrible! I would hate for Rylee to have an experience like this and thankfully she doesn't have to.  The U by Kotex pads are small and easily fit into her emergency kit, too! 
How have you prepared your own daughter? Or how will you in the future? Check out the Kotex website for some amazing tips so you can prepare for a talk with your own daughter. There are many useful tools and sections with helpful information that really helped me out with our talk.

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.


QueenB said...

Ugh. I'm so glad they make pads differently now than when I started getting my periods. It's been a long long time!

Eileen said...

AFter 4 girls I have had my share of the drama of this whole thing. It's funny how each one took it so differently when starting their periods. One got hers while away at camp...DOOM. One almost sang from the bathroom...'MoooOOOOOoommmm". The next was quiet and serious about it, then almost bragging. The last daughter is a query. She is bold and funny and sassy, a great sense of humor but COMPLETELY embarrassed about this no matter how much we try to talk. She turns beat red. So I quit asking or prodding and just bought her a bunch of supplies she can use/try on her own. I guess I found that as a mom sometimes you have to move over andstep aside and let their peers take over. And that's OK, as long as they have both pads and tampons to try out, and someone is letting them know the ropes (no pun intended;)

I know this 13 year old will grow out of that embarrassment in time. If not, thank God for all the options out there to make it a little less scary.

ejrichter60 at gmail dot com

Dave, Amy and Jace said...

I agree with Queen B above me - I'm glad there are better pads then when I started. It was like you were wearing a diaper between your legs. They were like an inch thick!!

Fiddlin' Dandi said...

Oh, neat, what a great idea to make pads a little more cool looking for tweens!

Jessica B. said...

I remember when they were huge too! I like the idea of having an emergency kit just in case. Thanks for the tips.

Megan said...

I have to say, I have been really impressed with Kotex lately - I was never a fan of their products until about a year ago when they changed their packaging, which prompted me to try them again...and now I wouldn't use anything else!

Carol L. said...

Kotex has come a long way. I love the new U by Kotex. Wish they actually had something like this when my 5 daughters were growing up.. And yes, the pads were so large back then it was almost impossible to feel comfortable. Thanks for the post.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Emmy Coffee said...

I really like the idea of reaching out to tweens to make "the period" less scary

Nataly Carbonell said...

I'll deffinetely be preparing my daughter, just like my mom did with me! It is very important to let them know what to epect :)

Denise Taylor-Dennis said...

My daughter is off to college now so thankfully I am well beyond this phase of puberty thankfully. I'm glad they have products like this for moms and their daughters.

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