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One of the harsh reality of being a teen age girl is that #1 you are eventually going to get your period and #2 there will probably be an accident (oops) in your future period-wise. Since it’s most likely inevitable, the important part of your job as a mom is to help her be prepared and to cope if there is an accident.
She will need supplies when she is going back to school and if your teen is 11 or up she should probably be well supplied in with personal items now too.
Here’s a list of things she might need:
- A sample sized deodorant for the days when she might forget to put it on or the stuff she put on in the morning wears off. (Still happens to me and I am 35!)
- A small travel size mirror- lunch time can be a killer especially if you have braces!
- Hair ties to keep her hair off while she is studying or note taking.
- Travel brush- gym can really mess with your hairdo.
- Lip balm or flavored lip gloss.
- Small toiletry items- like U by Kotex Tween pads and wet bathroom wipes.
- A small nail file for those cursed broken nails.
- Hand sanitizer and band aids- schools are germy!
Another thing your daughter should have is a small calendar or a calendar app on her phone or iPod. You can get cute cheap monthly calendars at the dollar store to help your daughter keep track of her cycle and try and avoid the dreaded “accident”. I did this when I was school and I have to be honest, I don’t remember ever having an accident in school and if I did it wasn’t very memorable. Assure her that it happens to the best of us but that she should try and be diligent in keeping track. Put this and all her other supplies in a cute makeup bag or pencil case that she can discretely slip into her back pack and she will be ready to go! Also, you should probably tell her about those tell tale warnings that her period is raring it’s head- cramps, fatigue, etc… Again, don’t pull punches, be very frank, open and honest. It may seem like you are giving her too much information, but speaking as a kid who didn’t feel informed and panicked when she got her period, knowledge is power.
Check back in October for the next part in this series: Monthly Maintenance.
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