I ran across a new product on the market called The Period Kit by Tween Care and I’m a little surprised. Not in a good way.
The Basic First Period Kit includes:
New Multi Color Cosmetic Bag
My First Period Guide
2oz Limonade Body Spray (Limonade? What is that?)
3 Winged Pads
3 Regular Pads
4 Panty Liners
4 Hand Wipes
*Bonus* Diary Purse with Ribbon
I don’t agree with this product and I’ll tell you why: Having some kind of ‘first aid kit’ for your period is first of all, not necessary and secondly, it only makes a girl feel more anxiety about the unexpected. If you give her a kit with tons of pads like this, she’s going to think of her period like its Old Faithful!
This is a cutely packaged concept to a natural, simple, no-brainer, one discussion required event.
What little girl is going to feel comfortable carrying around a zippered case filled with pads and period paraphernalia?? This isn’t something a mom gives her daughter; this is something a single dad hands over to his girl when he is too afraid to discuss these delicate (embarrassing) subjects.
To help her ease into the changes and make sure she is prepared, do a mock run-through with her one day. Ask her to put on a pad the way you show her how to do it, and wear it for a few hours so she knows what to expect. Let her know it won’t be like Old Faithful and explain that during her period she may need to wash more than usual. That’s all. It’s not THAT HARD to speak honestly and openly about this NATURAL occurrence. Look girls, if you are reading this, I want you to know: Starting your period is the first big step into womanhood. It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood–rejoice!
Moms: Save her the anxiety or potential embarrassment of carrying a KIT (as well as $15) and just talk to your girls; tell her to start carrying a pad with her in a concealed zippered pouch (Florspace makes some adorable ones in the perfect size! http://www.etsy.com/shop/florspace ) and give her “Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret” By Judy Blume, if you feel as though you need back-up. That’s all I needed when I was a kid. If my mom had given me some kind of “period safety kit”, complete with every device I could imagine (odor spray included!) I would have been totally freaked out!