Just Like Mom: How to Talk to Mom About Puberty When you were a little kid, you shared everything with your mom. But lately, there's more stuff you want to keep private or just feel awkward asking her. You may have questions you feel she can't answer, and you may feel less open to talking to mom than ever before. Then again, maybe you and your mom are closer than ever, and there's nothing you can't talk about. Whatever your relationship is like, there's one thing for sure. You and your mom have a lot in common. Just being a female puts you in a special category with all other women. When you have questions about puberty or just growing up in general, you may start turning more to your friends and other great resources (like BeingGirl!) than to your mom. But here's a big secret: No matter how alike or different you and your mom are from one another, your mom was a girl once, too! You probably have questions just like she did when she was your age. She also went through what you're going through now, so she can be a great resource. Girl Stuff: Feminine Products You and Your Mom Have in Common There are some products made just for women that you and your mom may both use. From deodorant and hair removal to feminine protection — there are products made for females, and chances are your mom and even your mom’s mom use them today. Your mom can help you with how to use them and picking out the right ones for you, but here’s some info to get your started: Deodorant was invented in the late 1800s. It’s applied to the underarms and it helps reduce body odor. You can also use an antiperspirant to help reduce sweating Gillette created the first razor just for women in the early 1900s. Razors help remove unwanted hair in places like your legs and armpits. For feminine protection, pads have been used since around 1900 and Tampax tampons were introduced in 1936. Pads can also be referred to as sanitary napkins, sanitary pads, menstrual pads or maxi pads. Both pads and tampons absorb the menstrual blood released during your period and are disposable and come in different types. Pads are placed on the inside of your underwear while tampons are inserted in your body. Hey, Mom! Let's Talk Your mom may have decades of experience with the all changes women can go through, but there's one area that may be new to her: Bringing up puberty and talking about it with you. Well, now that you're becoming a woman just like your mom, take charge of the situation and begin the conversation yourself! Not sure how? Here are some key conversation starters: “Mom, your legs look so nice and smooth. I think I'm ready to shave mine, too. Can you show me how?” “How old were you when you first got your period?” “Your deodorant smells nice. Can I get one for myself?” “Can we go to the store together? I need your advice on some girl stuff.” “Mom, when you were in school, did you ever feel out of place (or different, or however you're feeling now)?” Wondering when a good time is to start talking about being just like mom? Bring it up when you're in the middle of doing something together — in the car, out in the yard, walking around the mall or washing dishes. Keep it casual, not too serious. Talking with your mom about growing up and becoming a woman can be comfortable and easy! You'll learn a lot and it'll bring you closer together. Then, the next time you talk with your friends, you'll have the real scoop to share. Have you had a good conversation with your mom about growing up or puberty? Talk about it in the comments section below! Did you grow up wanting to be just like mom? Show your love for mom with tips at BeingGirl.com.