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Added August 01, 2013

Just Like Mom: How to Talk to Mom About Puberty

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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!

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Posted July 29, 2014
Madrose4803, what you need to do is look her in the eyes and say; Mom, my body is changing. I would really like it if you could take meshopping for some deodarent. And if that doesnt work right her a note, or even tell her you will pay for it.
Posted May 24, 2014
My mom bought me a American Girl book and talked me through the stuff like periods and that so, if you need anything just ask if you can talk If you need deoderant or pads or if you want to start shaving just ask if you could go shopping and cassually pick the thing you need and just put it in the basket. You mom probably is eagerly waiting for you to ask her
Posted March 01, 2014
help !! my mom changes the subject or does something else when I ask her about getting deodorant and I feel like it need it :( uhh sorry if this seems too personal to post >.<
Posted April 06, 2014
My face gets really red when I'm embarrassed,when I bring it up which I don't mind but then I feel like my mom is also embarrassed. What is a good way to bring it up to my mom??
Posted April 02, 2014
dear maddose4803 the easiest way is to write a note o email or even a text bring it up then I did and she said we could talk that night then she kept putting it off and she eventually forgot so I wrote her a note every night were going shopping tomorrow another easy way is to throw a fav scented deodorant or antiperspirant in the cart or basket hope i could help from spooncity
Posted May 24, 2014
Read my comment @twitterlover123
Posted August 22, 2013
Me and my mom don't have a special bond. and when I tried to talk to her about these things she makes is so awkward. I would try to tell her want is going on and that I think I may have stared but she just thinks I am being paranoid someone help me
Posted September 03, 2013
hey does any one know how to talk to your mom and asking he about going to the store for some panti liners plz help
Posted September 03, 2013
Hey girls I don't. Know what to do me and my mom have been arguing and fighting for the past couple months and now I just got in a big fight and I don't know what to do and I think it is because of all the stress about me moving and all that and now I have to move to a house that is In a new town and I know nobody but I think moving to a little to wouldn't be so bad but I don't want to move because then I have to live with my moms boyfriend and he is supper annoying and he docent care about anyone except himself and my mom he just ignore me and my sister and so I don't know what to do and me and my mom don't have the best relation ship but we can still get along but my sister is 19 and she is practically my mom because she cooks she Cleanes and she does all the chores and so I don't know what to do PLEASE HELP ME I AM SO STRESSED thanks JillyJilly224
Posted September 10, 2013
Hey guys everything is now ok I don't have any stress
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