Thoughts on Being a #KotexMom

Folks give a little snicker when I first tell them that I am a U by Kotex Tween Ambassador.

Sure.  I get it; it’s a little funny to talk about tampons and pads and periods.  But that humor belies a bigger problem: it’s hard for us as parents to talk about periods with our daughters.

This is the reason I wanted to be an Ambassador: I needed help bringing the subject up with my daughter.

Despite our great relationship and ability to talk with each other about just about anything, this conversation was a hard one for me.

I was putting it off.

Then I started working with U by Kotex Tween and started using all the great tools they provide:  a great website full of helpful information and cute pads, preparing for the talk and “the calendar,” thinking about the importance of having the talk, and learning to prepare my daughter for everything that comes with a period.

I felt much more prepared to have this big talk with my daughter. We did it, she was fine, and I realized I had way over-thought and over-freaked about this!

One of my favorite parts of the campaign: I began to fear this new phase of my daughter’s life a little less.

I still don’t want her to grow up, and it makes me so sad to know that in eight short years, she’ll quite possibly be gone, but I’ve learned to cherish the new aspects of our relationship.

No longer am I pushing strollers, toting diaper bags, packing snacks, or planning around nap times.  We can enjoy days out getting our hair cut and shopping, going out to lunch, heading to plays.

Do I miss the younger years? Sure.  Do I now realize that there’s so much to cherish now? Yes.  I can’t worry about what’s no longer here, otherwise I’ll miss what’s right in front of me.

Something I’m looking forward to? The great folks at U by Kotex Tween sent us a $25 gift card to have a mommy/daughter date and we’re heading to The Melting Pot this week to use it!  See, another one of those fun things!

What does all this mean for you?

I really encourage you to make peace with this aspect of your daughter’s life.  It’s a fact of life, and it would be so much better for your daughter if you prepared her for it.

U by Kotex Tween provides a variety of resources to help you and your daughter.  Many are explained in the posts I’ve linked to above, and there are even more on the Kotex site and the U by Kotex Hello Period site.  The latter has a great design and will likely appeal to your daughter.

Invest in preparing her now, before she starts her period.  Purchase supplies {the U by Kotex Tween stuff is so cute!}, make sure she knows how to use them, answer any questions.  We all know that fear of the unknown makes something scarier than it needs to be.

What tips would you share?  Have you used these resources to help facilitate a talk with your daughter?

Let me know in the comments below!

True Confessions:  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.