It’s almost hard to believe that we’ve already entered the end of September. Long, hot summer days are behind us (*sigh*) and kids are back in school. I was especially nervous about this school year since it’s the first time – EVER – that my daughter had to ride a school bus for her last year of middle school. On the bus with local high schoolers, no less! I completely opposed my district’s decision to transition the eighth graders into an older, farther building (her previous middle school was modern, less than 5-years-old, and blocks from home). But, I digress. That’s a whole other post!
Whether or not I favored her new school, that fact remained that she was returning to school. The last year before high school. (I can’t ever remember feeling so old.) As uneasy as I was about her return to school – and her first (and only) year at a brand new school – I knew I had to have a conversation with her about how she was feeling about the whole transition.
The first few concerns she had were typical: riding the bus with a lot of people she didn’t know, the condition of the school (no A/C, for example), the apprehension about entering a new school as an “outsider” – all topics I could handle and discuss at length. Her fears weren’t abnormal. In fact, I’d bet the majority of students that had to transfer with her were feeling pretty much the same way. As long as I made sure she felt confident and prepared for the change, she’d be ok.
The confidence aspect, I knew, was largely up to her. But the preparedness, I figured, “I’ve got this!” School bag – check! Pens, paper, notebooks – check! Art supplies – check! A TI30XIIS calculator – check! I even went a step further and supplied her with a “Personal Beauty Bag” for her first day (which she loved, btw!) I filled that little pink bag with everything I thought a teenage girl would need to get her through the school day. She has hair bands, band-aids, a comb, sample-sized perfume, lotion, eyeliner, mascara, a mirror, lip gloss, and, most-importantly, her U by Kotex Tween Pads for those “oops” days.
At first she questioned the pads, thinking “Why should I carry those around every day?”, but I assured her that, especially at her age, accidents happen and you don’t always know when you’re going to get your period. Sure enough, two weeks into the school year, her Personal Beauty Bag was a lifesaver for her as she found herself in the restroom in the middle of the day. Just sayin’.
So moms, how do you help your child prepare for the school year? What worked this year, and what didn’t? I’d love to know.
For more information on the products offered by U by Kotex, the Kotex website www.kotex.com/tween is a great reference. And you may want to pass on the U by Kotex website www.ubykotex.com/helloperiod to your teen or tween – the site may help answer some of their questions.