Let me just be clear and say that I am not writing a sponsored post, I am not being paid to say these things at all. I am just reviewing a product that I bought for my daughter that really opened up our conversation about her body and all that comes with it.
When I was young, my mother told me absolutely nothing about my period. Not One Thing. When I started my period I was terrified and kept it a secret for almost 4 months because I didn't know what to say. Thanks to school, I knew what a period was, but I was too embarrassed to talk about it with my mom or anyone in my family. Since I became a mother, I knew that I was not going to allow that to happen to my daughter.
I never hid what my tampons or pads were and always answered honestly when she had questions about them as a little girl, but never went into great detail. For that I waited. I have been talking to my daughter about her period since she was probably 6 or 7. I figured that this was too early for her to start her period, but late enough for her to start understanding. We talked about what happens and why and we talked about what she could expect. Then, we she was 10 I ordered The Dot Girl Period Kit and we check it out together. It has a fantastic little book of questions and answers and it even comes with supplies. A reusable heat pack, some pads, some little trash bags as well as a period journal (so she can start keeping track of the dates of her cycle) and it even comes in a cute case! The case does not announce that it is for your period so my daughter was comfortable putting the pack in her backpack to hold her stuff in case she were to start her period at school.
She is now almost a teenager and she still uses her kit to keep her supplies with her and we still talk often about our bodies and what she can continue to expect.