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To think the sample girls pack from the school nurse was totally inappropriate.

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Picturesinthefirelight Sun 16-Jun-13 17:45:48

Dd wanted a private talk this morning. Turns out that in Friday they had the puberty talk and were given a pack. Except they ran out of time so no time to discuss how to use the products.

There were a couple of always panty liners, three Always towels a normal one, a night one and a "silk" one. They were huge. I can't see dd bring able to wear a leotard in one of those.

Then there were two Tampax Compact (the ones with plastic applicators) one Regular Yellow one & one green Super one. As if a year 6 child will be able to insert one if those. When I was at school we were given a same of the special lites ones. They could put her off for life.

Luckily I had anticipated this and a couple of months ago bought a lovely little make up style case by Lillets contains various if their teen products. Smaller child sized towels but that are supposed to be extra absorbent and small easier to insert tampons.

I know they were free samples but really!!'n

IneedAsockamnesty Sun 16-Jun-13 17:48:26

Some year 6 girls would not have an issue using normal yellow tampax.

I think your over thinking the matter

ITCouldBeWorse Sun 16-Jun-13 17:48:42

Really what? If she has ever walked through a supermarket or looked in your bathroom cabinet, then she will be familiar with them.

You explain how to use them and when you think it is appropriate to use them.

AmazingBouncingFerret Sun 16-Jun-13 17:49:10

Well it's not the school's or the school nurses fault. The company Always chooses to give away the samples as part of their promotion. It's not the school's fault that lillets do not choose to do the same!

heidihole Sun 16-Jun-13 17:49:24

I think I always used the normal sized products? I was about 13 when periods started. Don't think i'd be concerned with the free sample pack to be honest.

AmazingBouncingFerret Sun 16-Jun-13 17:50:14

And yes, those size products are not inappropriate at all really.

SauvignonBlanche Sun 16-Jun-13 17:50:49

YABU, I don't see how it was "totally inappropriate".

ParadiseChick Sun 16-Jun-13 17:51:25

Yabu, they weren't sent home to try them out, they are samples of what's available, and the girls can use what they choose.

Picturesinthefirelight Sun 16-Jun-13 17:51:42

Did you really start with the adult sized ones? I was 13 and started with the special Tampax Lite ones. They were hard enough to insert at first. I thought things had moved on since the 80s not backwards.

MrsLouisTheroux Sun 16-Jun-13 17:52:05


BaconKetchup Sun 16-Jun-13 17:52:38

I think YABU

crashdoll Sun 16-Jun-13 17:52:52

YABU. Some girls have very heavy periods.

RoooneyMara Sun 16-Jun-13 17:53:19

I remember being about 13 and at secondary school, sitting in the cloakroom after school changing my shoes.

A girl from my class, who was a bit more developed than me, asked if I/anyone had any spare tampax.
I offered her a lillet, I kept them in my bag in case but hadn't even started yet,

she laughed at me and said 'No thanks I'll just drip'. She was normally that rude but still, it made me realise that some girls had heavy periods and generally, more to deal with then I did.

Shakirasma Sun 16-Jun-13 17:53:47

Is there even such a thing as child sized sanitary wear??

Nothing wrong with the products they were given IMO.

And as for not time to discuss how to use them, surely the girls would already know the before Fridays talk, assuming they are in year 6.

Jan49 Sun 16-Jun-13 17:54:11

It sounds fine to me.

A small easier to insert tampon won't be very effective, so she'll need to change it more often. I've never heard of a child-sized towel. confused

AmazingBouncingFerret Sun 16-Jun-13 17:54:33

But the size of a tampon is for the difference in flow not the size of ones fanjita!

AuntieStella Sun 16-Jun-13 17:54:47

Were the Always pads their scented ones? I'd certainly be cross about that.

NatashaBee Sun 16-Jun-13 17:55:06

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anniepanniepears Sun 16-Jun-13 17:55:16

year 6 is a ten year old
personally I would not like my 10 yr old dd to try a tampon

ToysRLuv Sun 16-Jun-13 17:55:18

She might prefer the security offered by a bigger towel compared to a "teen size" one depending whether she is tiny herself or not. It's better for her to have a range of stuff to try for herself than something you think is appropriate. Probably not a mooncup, though..

HollyBerryBush Sun 16-Jun-13 17:55:32

Y6 ???


ISingSoprano Sun 16-Jun-13 17:55:42

Dd has always used the adult ones.

guanosoup Sun 16-Jun-13 17:56:04

Well, back in the eighties, we had to use the only things available, and that included mahooosive great towels the size of house bricks. Girls from previous generations didn't even have that luxury.
None of this 'teen-sized' malarky when I were a lad...

Picturesinthefirelight Sun 16-Jun-13 17:56:18

Surely the samples should be ones they can actually use when they very first start. Arnt the first couple of periods supposed to be very light?

It wouldn't encourage dd to buy those brands again if she couldn't actually use them.

MrsLouisTjeroux - sorry don't understand your 6 post. Dd is in Year 6

mrsminiverscharlady Sun 16-Jun-13 17:56:37

Crikey, I thought you were going to say they gave year 6 girls free condom samples or something! I really don't think it will put them off for life hmm They'll be putting bigger things than a super Tampax up there before very long grin

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