Do you know what time it is?

It’s time to talk!

A few weeks ago, something happened to Miss M that made me realize she isn’t a little girl any more. I look at her and she just looks, well, older. I’m torn between loving that and hating it.  Kids grow up. I get that. I’m just not sure if I’m ready. 

What happened?

She got braces.

But the whole thing made me realize that she is growing up. It’s a fact of life and now that she’s entering 4th grade, I need to start preparing her for the changes that come as a little girl becomes a young woman.

As I mentioned in my “Why We Are Who We Are” post, I’m a Kotex mom. Finding ways to communicate and share information with my daughters is a major hurdle to overcome but there are tools. I’m not the first mom ever to have to talk to her daughter(s) about this.

I decided to take my time and give the girls some time to warm up to the idea.  When you’re facing trial by fire, everything is more difficult.  But if you plan, it can be easy.  We’re a few years away from the girls needing to find Kotex at the store, but if they know it is coming, know what to expect, know WHY it all is happening, then it won’t be so difficult when the time comes.

With that said… Miss M, Miss K and I sat down for some preliminary chats about what to expect in the coming few years.  We talked about very simple things like body changes and what happens every month.  Not in great detail. Not yet. I’m not interested in freaking them out.  Because, honestly, it’s a pretty scary thing if you look at the basics.

So the best thing for us to do is approach it slowly and with good time.  And that is what we’re doing.  How did you talk to your girl(s) about the facts of life?

I just wish they wouldn’t grow up so fast!

If you’re looking for ideas on how to break the ice, be sure to check out the Kotex tween site or the site for help in talking to your teen or tween. The most important thing is to make sure you find a way, some way, to talk to your girls in an environment that is comfortable!

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