14 November 2012

Preparing for Teens (courtesy of Lil-lets)

WARNING: This is not a post to be read if you are: 
a) a bit squeamish b) mildly prudish or c) prone to burying your head in the sand

As most of you lovely readers are aware, I am the proud owner of mummy to 2 tween girls - one of 11 and the other 12.  I am fortunate in that both my girls are small for their age, not developed in any way and could probably pass for under 10!  This is something which they hate, but I rather like - a young girl should remain  'little' for as long as possible - most are growing up far too quickly in my opinion, but that's a whole other blog post!

Knowing that I had two pre-pubescent girls on my hands, the kind people at Lil-lets sent us a gift to review and what person of the female variety doesn't like a gift?!  It arrived, beautifully packaged and my girls devoured the contents immediately:








Aside from a gorgeous fluffy, leopard-print hot water bottle and some incredibly pretty nail varnishes (never mind the Tweens, I fancy those myself!), the main purpose of the package was to discuss the imminent arrival of periods and have a look at the 'Teen Starter Pack' that Lil-lets has aimed at girls of exactly this age.  

In our house I am a huge advocator of talking about 'stuff' - menstruating, puberty and growing up is not something to be ashamed of or to be discussed with hushed voices when Daddy's not around - they are becoming young women and that is a fact of nature.  To that end, they were very interested to find out what was in the pretty bag and in fact probably knew far more than I did!  The discreet bag is designed for young girls to be able to take in their school bag and not be embarassed if it accidentally falls out in class, or worse still, the boys spot it when getting their pencil case out!  



Inside the pack you will find: 2 lite tampons, 1 regular tampon, 2 regular applicator tampons, 1 teen liner pouch, 4 day teen towels, 2 night teen towels and 1 'becoming a teen book' for advice on puberty and how to use the products.  The book is a perfect size and contains just the right amount of information that any girl embarking on this journey would need.  It's a great tool to use as a conversation starter or for her to take away and read at her leisure.

The packs are available from larger Boots stores RRP £3.99 and would be ideal for any girl of 10+ to have in their bag 'just in case'. To ensure that The Boy didn't feel left out, his sisters reluctantly agreed to him having the Hotel Chocolat bar that Lil-lets also sent in the beautiful package - he was more than pleased with that!



For the purpose of this post, Lil-lets kindly sent us these products to review.  
All of the opinions remain our own.
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23 comments:

  1. Talk about a trip down memory lane. I remember being at secondary school and the girls having a visit and 'talk' from the Lilets lady. She obviously made a big impression on me as to this day I can still remember exactly what she looked like and what she was wearing! I agree about being open about these things, my Mum bought a special chocolate cake to mark the day I started my periods. I just wish I could remember what she said to my brothers about it :0)

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    1. It was obviously very poignant for you, as it is for most girls. I remember having 'the talk' at 11 in school, all sniggers and red faces. I think it's important for Mums to talk to their daughters first, just so that they know what's coming up. I have yet to mention anything at all to The Boy, that's daddy's job!

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  2. they are great!! my daughter is 11 and is developing and this is such a lovely pack i will take a look for this while in town on friday. :-)

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    1. Excellent. I need to get another one! Didn't realise we had daughters of similar ages Jaime.

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  3. That's such a fab idea. My girl is so far from puberty that I don't even need to consider buying these just yet, but I think the idea of them are fantastic. It's a much more grown up and personal way of introducing the talk to them as well. Glad they enjoyed it.

    Jealous of the chocolate though. Looks yum!

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    1. Yes Misty, I was most impressed, they will probably have something far more hi-tech when your daughter reaches this stage!

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  4. Wish these were around when I was 12. I thought I was dying and kept it to myself for weeks! X

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    1. Oh Melanie, that's so sad! But I imagine all too common. It's part of being a mum, I think.

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  5. Have you prepared them for the tummy-ache (hence the hot water bottle)? I wonder whether girls these days still use euphemisms to describe their periods as we did way back in the late fifties. We were so much more coy about it all. I recall having "visitors" and "the curse". We didn't believe in menstruating back then!

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    1. Yes we did talk about the pain side of things and many questions on why we even get periods....it was interesting but they weren't at all embarrassed or shy.

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  6. Well all I can say is that I wish I'd had that when I was on the verge of my teens! Well done you for being so down to earth about it. I remember dreading telling my mum when I started mine!

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    1. It's weird isn't how, so many people found it difficult to tell their Mum. I so don't want it to be like that for my children.

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  7. I remember filling out the application in magazines with my friends at lunchtimes at school for the free starter packs. I've got Meg's this book in the summer, highly recommend it and you can get from Amazon.co.uk

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Care-Keeping-You-American-Library/dp/1562476661/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1352919916&sr=1-1

    I got Meg's to read it and then we spoke about any questions she had. We've also got a little purse to put the "just in case" bits in too.

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    1. We have another great book at home written by Usborne Books called 'What's happening to me' can't recommend it highly enough - both E and H pour over it!

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  8. Ohhh we had this and I think it was one of the best gifts we have ever been sent. It was totally relevant and thoughtful.

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    1. Wasn't it just Emma - my girls were thrilled with it! I will go check out your post too :) x

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  9. I'm definitely going to be looking out in Boots for this ready for when my 10yr old needs it.
    I remember our 'talk' at school involved a sanitary belt!

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    1. Sanitary belts - i'd forgotten about those!! Hilarious!

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  10. You're so thoughtful! So happy to read your blog! xx

    http://lovekids360.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. That is a lovely little kit. I started quite early so I took my Mum by surprise, she had sent off for some samples but hadn't got around to having the talk with me! My daughter is only 1 so I don't need to discuss it with her just yet, but I'll try and make sure that I do it in advance! My Mum bought me a really good book too, I think it was called Have You Started Yet?, although I would imagine that it's very dated now!

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    1. I think it's great for mums and teens to 'be prepared'.

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  12. That's a lovely little package, I remember starting mine, I was shocked although I'd had the chat with Mum so it could have been worse..... this is the bad bit though (funny now but not then!) It was Mothers Day and I'd brought my Mum a 'funny' card with a picture of a teddy bear with some pants on its head saying 'Mum have you seen my pants'

    While we were having dinner My Dad saw the card on the shelf and said to my Mum something like 'Have you seen Emma's pants?'

    Having forgotten about the card I went bright red and thought somehow he knew what had happened!

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    1. Oh bless you! Although that seems quite funny now,I imagine you were mortified!

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