As of yesterday, fall has officially arrived.  For some, it’s bittersweet knowing that the weather will be progressively colder, and for others, it means going back to a regular (and sometimes hectic) school schedule.  Personally fall is my favorite season so I’m doing a secret happy dance with the humidity on the way out and the cooler temperatures enabling me to literally breath easier.

It also means that school is back in full swing – Princess Nagger has already been back for over a month – and luckily this year she’s actually loving it.  More on that tomorrow.  Only 7-1/2 weeks before she offically becomes a Tween.  Time is flying by way too fast, and I’ve still not yet found that Pause Button I’ve been searching for nine years.

Not only is it scary to think she’ll soon be a Tween, but puberty is right around the corner – she’s already sprouting boobs, so you know the rest is soon to follow.  Which also means her first period.  Shoot me now.  Luckily U by Kotex Tween has cool and fun items to make the monthly nuisance not as embarrassing as it was when I was that age.  Or now, for that matter. 

Expect the unexpected.  I remember starting my period in the middle of a school day – which turned out to be the longest day of my life.  If your daughter is already having a monthly cycle, keep track of it on a calendar so she’ll know when to be prepared.  U by Kotex has a period calculator on their website to help girls keep track – I also have a cool app on my phone that helps me keep track of mine.  You know, so I can give the hubby fair warning when to expect the PMS symptoms.  Ahem.

Always pay attention to the Warning Signs…  I don’t know about you, but I’m fully aware of the warning signs when it’s getting close to that time of the month.  Tweens and teens don’t always have a regular period, so it’s a good idea to let our daughters know which warning signs to look for.  I’ve already been giving Princess Nagger a heads up on the whole cramping, headaches, backaches, PMS scenario.  She is not amused.

It’s a good idea to be prepared…  My mom didn’t talk to us girls about the changes our bodies were going through, let alone give us a heads up on what to expect when our monthly cycles hit.  So when it did happen for us, we were so not prepared.  I want to make sure Princess Nagger doesn’t have to go through the  humiliation of not being prepared, especially if it happens while she’s at school. 

U by Kotex Tween has some awesome on-the-go products that are easily tucked away in a backpack or purse – and the pads are made for their smaller frames so they won’t have the embarrassing bulge to worry about.  But still have the excellent absorbancy strength.  And they look cool, so if a friend spots them in her backpack at school, she won’t be embarrassed:

If you need some ideas on how to prepare, visit the Kotex/Tween website for more information. And if you happen to be a tween or a teen that is too embarrassed to ask someone a question, you can head over to U by Kotex’s Hello Period page to find out you’re not alone – and have your questions answered.  Always be prepared.



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. All opinions are mine and not influenced by outside sources. See my Disclosure Policy here.