There is nothing more awkward than those “transition” years. You know what I’m talking about. The years when your child goes from being a little kid to a teenager. With my tween, it seemed to happen all at once. One day she was this sweet little girl, and the next day she sprouted up and was almost as tall as me. How did that happen?
But, how do you tell your emotional, hormonal “tween” that it’s time to start using deodorant without hurting their feelings or causing an outburst. I first noticed just how much Ashley was changing one day when she hugged me. GASP! Thank heavens it was me that she hugged, and not one of her friends she exposed to the scent. That evening, when hubby got home, I left him with the other kids and took Ash out to the store. We stopped in the deodorant aisle, and I told Ash that she was big enough that she could start wearing deodorant. She picked out the one that was the most appealing to her. The conversation about being old enough to wear deodorant led into a much longer discussion about the importance of showering every day, when to start shaving her legs, and even – gasp! – when she could start wearing makeup.
Unilever recently released the Tween Confidence Index. It suggests that tween confidence is hard to come by and doesn’t seem to last long. But, by keeping the communication lines between parents and tweens open, we can help keep their confidence safely in tact. If you head to www.DontFretTheSweat.com, Unilever offers tons of resources and valuable informality to show parents that they can talk to their tweens about topics like how the right deodorant can keep them free from odor, discomfort, and embarrassment.
Our Review of Unilever & Dove Deodorant & Body Mist
Over the past few months, we’ve tried quite a few different deodorants for Ashley. Some just aren’t strong enough. Others cake on and leave horrible white stains on her clothes. She was reluctant to try Dove, just because it’s what I use and prefer. After all, tweens can’t like what their mom likes.
Mom Central and Unilver sent us a Dove Ultimate Anti-Perspiration Deodorant as well as the matching Body Mist. Both were in the Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena Scent. I figured this would be a great time to get Ashley to try Dove deodorant. Maybe if someone else sent it to her and asked her opinion, she would be more likely to use it. I told her the products were for her, and she was supposed to use them and give me her opinion after a few days.
After putting on the deodorant, she couldn’t stop talking about how much she loved it. It smelled great, and it went on clear. She couldn’t get over the fact that there were no white clumps, or horrible stains left on her clothes. I suppressed my desire to say, “See? I told you so” and told her that I was glad to hear that she liked it. Looks like we’ve finally found a winner. She also really liked the Body Mist that came with it. It’s a great way to keep her smelling fresh no matter how active she’s been. The scent isn’t overly powerful, and it’s great to use before heading out of the house, after showering, after an activity, or anytime she wants to feel fresh.
Thank you, Unilever, for helping my daughter feel cool, comfortable, and confident during these crazy tween-aged years. And thanks for all the great advice on the Don’t Fret the Sweat site. I’m sure it will come in handy for many years to come around here!
Head to www.DontFretTheSweat.com and get all the information you need to help your own tween feel comfortable and confident. And, be sure to print off some coupons while you’re there.
Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Unilever and received the items necessary to facilitate my review. In addition, Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.