prepare for back to school and prevent bullying at school
It’s time to head back to school! No matter the age of your child, this time of year presents a unique set of parenting challenges. We’re answering all of your questions! Below, you’ll find everything you need to know to get your child ready for school, as well as how to prevent bullying at school. This post will cover the following topics: Read More… >>

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Back to school supplies list

Back to school can either be a time of great excitement, or great stress. As with any transition, it is important that you work with your child to adequately prepare them for the changes ahead before they arrive. And one great way to do that is to make sure your child has all of the necessary gear they need to start the year in style. Here are our top five tips for back to school prep:

  • Comfortable, well fitting clothes will help them tackle the rigors of their day safely and comfortably.
  • A designated place to work on homework and read. This could be a corner of your dining room, or a desk in their bedroom.
  • If they’re going to be using a locker for the first time, some fun decorations can make their home away from home feel fun and organized.
  • Pack their backpack well in advance, and make sure that it is not too heavy. A good rule of thumb is that their backpack should not weigh more than 10-20% of their body weight. Regularly check and clean out their pack to ensure that it’s not getting too heavy as the year goes on.
  • Do a morning run through before school starts and see how long it takes to get ready. Make sure that your child is prepared to wake up at the necessary time and still get through everything without rushing.

How to Get Ready for the First Day of School

No need to wait until the first day of school to get acquainted with her teachers and school. Many schools and teachers are happy to discuss specific needs or concerns in the weeks leading up to the first day. The same applies for your preparation at home, too. Many kids get nervous about new classrooms and situations, and you can do a lot to help ease their nerves. If your child is nervous about starting school, slowly easing them into the transition can be helpful. Drop by the school and show them their new classroom, play on the playground, do a run through at their new bus stop or walking route. Ask them what is making them nervous specifically, and brainstorm some ways to alleviate that tension. Whenever possible, try to create excitement and positivity around the subject. Talk about all the fun new things they’re going to get to experience, the friends they’ll get to see again, and the new friends they’ll make. Point out the positive aspects of starting school to create positive anticipation about the first day of class. They will see old friends and meet new ones. Talk with them about positive experiences they may have had in the past at school or with other groups of children. It may also be beneficial to work any changes in routine into the schedule a few weeks before school starts, so they can get accustomed to their new normal.

How To Prepare Your Daughter for Puberty

Her backpack is packed and she’s ready to go…but have you prepared her for her period? Sure, you may have had “the talk” (or several talks!), but preparing to handle getting your period and cramps at school is a whole different set of topics. Many schools have moved away from allowing lockers, over the counter pain medications, or backpacks – so what should your daughter do when Aunt Flow unexpectedly arrives?

  1. Have extra supplies on hand.

Periods (especially the first one!) can be hard to predict at first, so have plenty of pads or tampons at the ready. We recommend filling a small pouch with her favorite product, a couple of panty liners, and a feminine wipe or two. (Our First Period Kit is a great place to start!) If your daughter has a locker, send a period 2GO kit with her on the first day of school and make sure it remains stocked. Or, toss it in her backpack to keep with her at all times. The pouch makes it easy to grab on the way to the restroom, and it keeps things simple and discreet. If she doesn’t have a locker or a backpack, try tucking a few products in the pocket of a folder or a binder. In the case of any leaking, an extra pair of underwear or pants is another great thing to keep on hand.

  1. Be proactive.

Head to the restroom at the first sign of cramping or discharge. If she has her pouch on hand, she should take that with her to the stall. If she finds herself without the proper supplies, be sure to let her know all of her options. There’s no reason for fear or embarrassment – this is a totally natural process, and there are many options if she finds herself in that situation. The school nurse, a friend, or even a female teacher they trust may have extra supplies on hand. And if not, wrap toilet paper around your hand to create a pocket of tissue that’s the shape of a pad. Tucked inside your underwear, this trick can work if she finds herself in a pinch without the proper supplies. Of course, if she thinks she may start that day, it’s always best to wear a pad or panty liner to school, just in case.

  1. Stay comfortable.

Menstrual cramps can catch her off guard in the middle of class. Many schools don’t allow over the counter pain medications, but luckily there are plenty of natural ways to combat cramps. In order to alleviate the discomfort that can sometimes accompany periods, be sure to arm your daughter with the following cramp fighting techniques:

  1. Small adhesive heating pads can discreetly provide pain relief under clothing
  2. Get up to walk around every hour or so if possible – physical activity greatly reduces menstrual cramps.
  3. Stay hydrated – drinking lots of water can help to alleviate inflammation and bloating
  4. A small lavender, clary sage, or geranium essential oil roller applied directly to the stomach or back – coupled with a gentle abdominal massage, can help to alleviate discomfort
  5. A series of short, deep breaths can allow fresh oxygen to flow through the body and reduce cramping
  6. A thermos of our Cramp Tea, sipped throughout the day, can naturally ease discomfort with our special blend of pain fighting herbs

When it comes to getting ready for this important time, there is so much information out there that it can feel overwhelming. But we’re here to remind you: being prepared doesn’t have to be complicated! Keep it simple with the proper supplies, an adequate understanding of what to expect, and a few easy cramp relief techniques. With these simple techniques, your daughter will be ready to rock her flow when her period arrives.

What is Bullying?

While definitions vary, bullying is classified as “physical or verbal aggression that is repeated over a period of time and involves an imbalance of power.” And while bullying has been around for quite some time, it has reached all time highs at schools and online. While bullying may not necessarily start on day one of school, it’s good to be prepared with the warning signs and make sure that your child knows you are there to support them. Sometimes it may take until a few months into the school year for bullying to start in full force, since that’s typically when students have settled into their routines and social circles. No one is immune to bullying, but when your growing child is going through changes, it can feel especially difficult to deal with. And while many schools are working to keep up with the growing problem, it’s still important that children know they can talk to you, too. Just like with their periods, there is nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to getting bullied. But awareness and knowledge on how to manage it can make all the difference in the world.

What are the Different Types of Bullying?

Bullying takes many shapes and forms, and the introduction of cyberbullying has added an entirely new layer to an already complex issue. Generally speaking, these are the different types of bullying to look out for:

-Physical: picking fights, forceful pushing or kicking, pinching, and excessive roughhousing.

-Verbal: Name calling, insults, threats, excessive harsh and unkind language

-Cyberbullying: the use of social media, texts, online boards, and devices to intimidate, embarrass, scare, or shame other children


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Cloth Pads vs Disposables

by Jackie Bolen

Menstrual cups like the Diva Cup, Mooncup, Lena Cup or Ruby Cup are all the rage these days. Period Panties, due to their huge advertising budgets are similar (have you heard of Thinx?). However, reusable cloth pads are another eco-friendly period product that aren’t getting a lot of attention.

I’ll compare these reusable menstrual pads to disposables in a few different categories: Cost, the Environment, Health Factors, Effectiveness, and Ease of Use to help you decide which option is right for you.Read More… >>


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When will I get my first period

 

Once puberty hits, the clock starts. It may even seem like the countdown is on, and your period is on its way. But for many young girls, their period arrives years after the first signs of puberty set in. For others, Aunt Flow may show up totally unannounced. If you’re trying to get a better idea of when to expect your period (or your daughter’s period!) it can be hard to know what signs to pay attention to. You’ve come to the right place! Today, we’re breaking down how to read the signs your body is giving, and get a better idea of when Aunt Flow will arrive. Sound good? Let’s go!Read More… >>


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how to stop your period

We talk a lot about period positivity around here, but we get it. Periods can be a real pain in the you-know-what. Sometimes, it would be easier if your period just didn’t show up for a month or two, right? As with any health decision, attempting to control or change your cycle does come with certain repercussions – but are they worth worrying about? We’re answering all of your questions! Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about the pros and cons of interfering with your body’s menstrual cycle.  We’ll be covering the following topics:
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how to make a menstrual cycle calendar

By Cynthia – Misscoty.com

First of all, if you just got your first period, welcome to the club! We have cookies and chocolate (and we’ll share!)

With the arrival of your first period comes the need to start keeping track of your menstrual health. How are you supposed to do that, you might ask? By creating a menstrual calendar! Today’s blog post will show you how to make your very own menstrual cycle calendar, and why it’s important.
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ditch scented period products

We’re so grateful to be living in the modern era. Think about it: just one hundred years ago, women were wearing restrictive corsets and layers upon layers of thick petticoats. (Can you imagine how uncomfortable that must have been on a hot summer day?! Not to mention the physical repercussions of those tight waist cinchers. No, thank you!) Yes, it’s true: some of trends are better left in the past.

As history has progressed, the desire for comfort and safety has slowly started to win over aesthetics or outdated standards (thank goodness!) Of course, we’ve still got some work to do. The next item we could all benefit from leaving behind? Scented period products.

We’ve talked about the dangers of conventional period products before.  But the subject of fragrance (especially when it comes to your vagina!) is one that’s worth diving a little deeper into.Read More… >>


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Is it PMS or PMDD

Contributed by Danielle Bosley

If you find yourself struggling to stay focused and energized each month when Aunt Flow arrives, you’re not alone. For a lot of women, the societal stigma against periods and all things related to them makes it hard to talk about. In fact, many ladies who battle these issues suffer in silence for years. Many assume they must be clinically insane or suffering from some form of mental illness, so they don’t speak up.Read More… >>


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What advice would you give to someone just diagnosed with endometriosis

 

So, you’ve been diagnosed with endometriosis (Or you suspect that you have it.) Now what? It can be so difficult to know where to go from here. We’re here to tell you: you’re not alone. There’s hope. You can (and will) live a happy, full life in spite of your illness. You are more than your pain.

Today’s post is the final in a series we’ve been sharing all month long on how to support women with endometriosis. Below, you’ll find advice and thoughts directly from our network of endometriosis sisters. They know how you’re feeling because they’ve experienced it too, and today they’re sharing some encouragement.

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Endometriosis - ways you've felt misunderstood or unsupported

 

Last week, we talked about all of the ways that our network of endo warriors have felt supported or loved during their battle with the disorder. Today, we’re tackling the opposite question: what are some ways that you’ve felt misunderstood or unsupported? Often times, even with the best of intentions, support systems can miss the mark when it comes to helping those in need. As a friend and supporter of those with endo, it’s important to know some of the things to avoid when caring for your loved one.

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