Monday, May 21, 2012

What Do You Do When They Are Old Enough to Shave: Venus $50 Visa Card Giveaway


It's such a poignant moment when you realize the baby girl who you swear was wearing frilly diaper covers and Mary Janes yesterday, suddenly starts to get hair on her legs. It’s one of many firsts that seem to hit me harder than the boys' firsts.
It shouts that my baby girl is growing up.

What happened to this little girl?

And please tell me when did this happen?

Then the inevitable comes. Sooner than you realize or are ready for, the,"When can I shave my legs, Mommy?" question arrives.


For my very girly, always wearing pink daughter, it was way sooner. Waaay sooner. Too soon. My husband comes from sturdy Eastern European stock, and my daughter takes after him in that regard. He is hairy, and so is she. We all know what that means.



Yes, while my two blond boys had freckles and sparse blond hair glinting on their legs, baby girl got thick, black hair she could almost braid on her legs. Of all the things you want to inherit from my husband: his intelligence, his height, his organizational skills or his naturally thin-toned body and high metabolism, his hair was not on the top of the list.



Poor baby girl.

This was at four years old. At the time, there was even concern of early onset puberty which our pediatrician was watching closely. One family member got her period in 1st grade, and we worried about serious complications if baby girl followed her path.


Luckily, that did not occur, and she hit puberty just recently, but oh my the hair. The hair!

At the time, I scoured the net for when it was appropriate to let girls shave their legs. As a competitive swimmer even then, she stood out. By age six, kids were starting to notice and comment on her legs.

In the end, to head off teasing and her distress, we gave in, and I agreed to shave her legs every couple of months to keep it reasonably shorn. We wanted her to have a positive experience in school and swimming, and if that meant starting so young, so be it.

With any physical difference, kids can be cruel and shaving seemed a simple enough solution...well except shaving a teeny, tiny leg attached to a wriggling body ended up with plenty of nicks and scratches. Plenty.


Fast forward six years, when most girls are starting to shave, my baby girl is a pro. She took over from her awkward mom by 8 years old when her Daddy equipped her with her own razor and shave gel…designed for a man. Not exactly the tools to make a girl feel feminine.


So when Venus sent us their Satin Care Passionista Fruit and Embrace razor in the mail, the excitement from my 12 year-old was palpable. Finally, we had products to make her feel beautiful and feminine.


I am not embarrassed to admit we both oohed and ahhed over the sparkly peachy-pink tinted shave gel and its yummy fruit scent. I told her she could have the gel and razor, but I admit I wanted to keep the gel for myself.

Venus says the rich formula, infused with the sparkling scent of juicy, fresh fruit, leaves your skin soft and satiny smooth every time you shave. I think I might have to get my own to try it out. I know baby girl is one happy customer.


We were happy with the razor too. I wish it, with its ribbon of moisture which ensures a smooth shave, had been around when I was bent over shaving those tiny legs. With its FIVE blades and soft-gripped handle for no-slip control, it glided smoothly. It was also clearly designed for a girl. No more manly razor for her. Isn’t it purty?


I think all women love to have beauty tools that make them feel feminine and this razor certainly hit the mark.


In the end, figuring out how the deal with these personal choices of when and how to initiate conversations and negotiate choices on our children's firsts are highly personal and up to each family.

I’ve mentioned on my blog and on other places on the internet that my daughter started to shave at six. There are some aghast at our decision as if we were Toddlers and Tiaras types. There are others that applaud my sensitive mothering by putting my daughter’s feelings before my own notions of what age was appropriate.


I think we as mothers at one point all finally realize that we have to do the best we can and work for the solution that works best for our children, don’t you agree?

How about you? Share a tip for tackling tough "firsts" conversations with your kids to be entered for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card, courtesy of BlogHer and Venus.

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258 comments:

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Rosa said...

When my daughter was a teenager, I was very supportive the first time she wanted to shave her legs, and I showed her the safest way.

Rosa said...

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Mami2jcn said...

My daughter is too young still (she’s 2) but I remember my mom reading “Where do I come from?” with me to teach me about the facts of life.

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Liz said...

no firsts here yet, but i still remember that first moment of smooth legs under clean sheets!

Elena said...

My son is too little, but I remember how my Mom got me my first Venus razor and showed me how to shave.

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Elena said...

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Seriandruid said...

Did you tell her not to shave right on the bone? Nobody told me that and I got a decent scar from it!

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akronugurl said...

my daughter is only 4 mos old but when gets older im going to teach her to be honest and to be happy !

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FreeIndeed said...

just be straight-forward, honest, and keep a sense of humor when talking with your kids
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kellyr78 said...

My daughter is only 4, but I keep my explanations simple and always remind her how pretty and smart she is!
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Courtney B said...

just try to help and be understanding.. and listen good:)

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Tj And Amy said...

I want to sit down and have a one on one conversation when i feel its the right time. I want them to listen and I also want her to ask any questions she may have. amypugmire@live.com

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Judy B. said...

It helps to have a trusting and comfortable relationship from early on.

Judy B. said...

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amy beth marantino said...

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amy beth marantino said...

i find it as important to listed as it is to speak

Kelly Massman said...

I don't have any teenage girls--just a boy, but I think it is good to be interested in their lives and be willing to make time for them... Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
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Toystory said...

I had boys, I left all that stuff to their father (phew). In my case my sisters helped me know all about everything... 2 of them were 8.5 and 11 years old than I was, and they knew everything I needed.

Amy said...

It is certainly not easy to be a parent, especially tackling those tough “first” conversations with my kids. But the best way I prefer is openness and be honest and straight forward. That’s the way I preferred to be treated, so, I’ll do the same with my kids.

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B. Wilson said...

I say, just be honest. It always is the best way.

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Tiffany Winner said...

I think if you have a good relationship with your kids as they're growing up, all important conversations will come much more naturally.
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Rebecca Graham said...

I have boys and I let their dad do all the firsts conversations with them.

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JC said...

Be honest and realistic are best tips from my experience.
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Maria Melee said...

I've had some awkward firsts already with my boys, but they're pretty young. My tip is to be as straightforward as you can.

Lisa said...

I wonder if I'll remember to call up this blog post when I'm talking to my eldest daughter about shaving. She's almost 10 now and relatively hairless, so I think I have another year or two. Reading this would be a good way for her to feel "normal" about it!

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Anash said...

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Tina said...

My daughter is too young. I'm going to teach her just be herself and honest
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MANDY83 said...

I would say to be patient and understanding. Let them know you are listening!

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Donna said...

My tip is to talk about the "firsts" before they occur. They your child will feel more comfortable.
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jenmalonee said...

My tip is to be honest and feel comfortable while having the "firsts" talk.

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mkjmc said...

The first time my daughter wanted to do an overnight at a friends house. Just reassured her she needed to call home if she wanted to come home and talked with the other girls parents
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Heather Turner said...

Well, my nephew is 15 and we had to sit down and have a serious talk with him about really washing his body properly. He has been pretty lazy and we've had to really explain he isn't doing it right. Teenage boys are so gross!

mar said...

When my niece was younger I bought her an electric shaver and showed her how to use it.

lilahshea said...

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Janet W. said...

With my daughters I learned that honesty was the most important thing. We trusted each other and were able to talk about anything!
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Gina said...

It's annoying enough to have to shave legs.. it would be nice to have a great razor to do it with.
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peg42 said...

Being understanding and supportive and direct. I also will talk honestly to them and depending upon their maturity, let them answer some of their questions for themselves, by asking what they think.
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Brooke M Adametz said...

I was the oldest so my mother went to my grandmother for advice when I asked to shave my legs. My grandmother told my mom to bring me over and she taught me the ins and outs of shaving! My grandma rocked! lol

Kia89 said...

My tip is to be as straightforward with things.
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k. said...

The best thing is to be honest and upfront.
I prefer a depilitator to shaving, but I do have a Venus razor for those times when I'm in a hurry or I've missed a spot!

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The Java Mama said...

Well I have a 2 year old so I'm not really at that point yet! But all I can do is pray when the time comes I have the words to say :)

Claire said...

Make sure to ask if they have any questions! Sometimes they won't understand something but will be too embarrassed to bring it up on their own. Also make sure to let them know that there's no shame in the changes their bodies are going through.. everybody has to deal with it!

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Teh Doll said...

I would be totally supportive if my little girl wanted to shave her legs. They are a bit hairy. We haven't had the talk yet though. I don't want to bring it up it has to be her decision. She did ask me where babies came from the other day. That question always makes me laugh.

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robyn paris said...

always be upfront

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nickieisis3 said...

I have not had any firsts yet, my son is only four years old. My husband and I have discussed what we will say and do. Having a game plan is always good.

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Stephanie said...

Talking about first day of kinder this Fall. Not sure I have much advice yet, reading books, preparing, but my little one seems more clingy than ever. Starting to think he is getting nervous.
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Amber said...

My tip is to let your kids initiate the conversation and make them feel like they can talk to you about anything. Never laugh at their fears, dreams or questions.
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Cole said...

I think parents need to do what's right, in terms of firsts, for individual children's personalities

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BethElderton said...

Maintaining an open, easy-to-talk-with relationship makes all the "firsts" easier and more effective.
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Amy Z said...

Addressing the stresses of life with humor and understanding is the key.

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clc408 said...

I think if you are open and accepting with your children right from the start, the important conversations come naturally and easily.

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tsgsusans said...

The first time I brought up shaving to my daughter, she started crying. I learned to wait for her to approach me on most things

Holly S. said...

I haven't had a lot of tough first conversations with my kids, but I think you handled this well. I think that you should let your child's individual maturity level tell you when they are "old enough". Thanks for the giveaway.
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sarah said...

I think being open and honest is important, and really listening to your child and considering their point of view. I haven't had to have tough conversations yet, but I think working together to form a compromise is always good.

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Ashley said...

Definitely to at least try! I know too many parents who are afraid to have certain conversations with their kids and it just ends up being a disaster more times than note. I think just trying is great :)

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SHANNA ELIZABETH said...

No firsts yet ! I have a 5 year old boy, and 2 girls on the way =)
But I will remember to stay Calm & positive , no better way to go about convo's that have to happen at some point in time =)

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Denise Taylor-Dennis said...

Just being willing to talk about the tough issues is important there are books you can read to help like one I used when my daughter was growing up it is called How to Talk to your kids about sex (not sure of the exact title as she is 18 now and that was many years ago). It was very helpful though. Thank your for the wonderful giveaway. I love Venus razors and use them all the time.
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Jessica T. said...

I try to be open about everything with my son. He is 9, so too young to talk about some things, but old enough to talk about others! He asks alot of questions which is a good sign!
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Lim said...

Share how difficult it was for you. Nothing like personal experience!

Wendy said...

I think you were right spot on with your daughter! Kudos to Mom! Every situation, person and family is different and we must judge that for ourselves. With my kids I have always been very open so they are not afraid to ask any questions and tackle things together.
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Linda said...

I had an older sister that helped me with the growing pains.
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Katie said...

Just be supportive, caring, patient and understanding of your children

Olivia R said...

talk about body hygene, taking showers, using deododorant

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Olivia R said...

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Roxy said...

it's nice to break the ice with a girls night and to talk about yourself as a teenager with regards to the subject of interest.

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sksweeps said...

I got a lot of help from books designed for my daughter to read on different 'challenging' topics. She'd read and then we'd talk. Got things started.

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Pinky Sade said...

no firsts yet, but i imagine when the time comes, i'd share my own experience
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Sally said...

This brought tears to my eyes because I just experience the first shave with my daughter a few weeks ago. It was a process and we went through it together. She is moving up to middle school next year and we both cried when we thought about it. I assured her we would have plenty of great "big girl" times together and she felt better - and so did I. I would use the $50 VISA gift card to have some of those good times - maybe lunch and a manicure, since I am always budgeting.

Kris said...

It is easy to talk with kids to tell them about life... it is natural and they should be talked with frequently over the years. Just tell the truth, treat them with respect, and trust that they are smart enough to understand.

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Sammmm said...

My daughter came to me wanting to shave her legs for the first time and I just about cried. I wasn't ready. I had to realize the beauty in her growing up before I could support her. I found the beauty in her becoming a woman and it was a great experience to share.

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Hermit Forall said...

I haven't had any firsts yet, but I plan on being honest and open.

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kyl neusch said...

be open and receptive

LaurKnotter said...

I wish my mom was this supportive, she wouldn't allow me to shave my legs so I had to sneak it.

Alicia said...

My mom went out with me and taught me the safest way in a loving manner

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Janna Johnson said...

be honest!
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Colene said...

My daughter just started shaving a few months ago (at the age of 11) and I made sure to give her a great razor and shower gel (Venus Olay are our faves). I also helped her the first time and showed her how easy it is to knick delicate areas like shins and knees. She does great now!

jjcscan said...

I had no problem when I my daughter asked if she could shave her legs. I needed to shave my legs at 8 - she was probably 11 (her hair much fairer then mine). I figured if it bothered her and she wanted to address it I was fine with it. But did warn her the earlier you start the longer in your life you have to do it! 4 years later, it's just part of her routine.

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jessica kennedy said...

This article would have great to read last week when the question from my 12 year old had arose, lets be honest we never want our little girls to grow up. I sent the boys out for the day and we had a mommy and daughter pamper ourselves day, where we did the first shave together. And as nervous as I was it was great spending this time with my daughter the same way I spent it with my mom.

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TMartin26 said...

My son had a first just the other day. He called me to let me know that he was walking over to the skate park with a couple of friends and I said ok. Then he called me back in a few minutes and said he wasn't going because the other kids were smoking. He made the right decision and made me very proud.

Anonymous said...

My daughter isn't old enough to start shaving yet but when she is I will give her the best supplies. I absolutely love Venus razors.

Corrine said...

My daughter is only 4 months old but when she gets older, I want her to know honesty is the best thing to have in life, also stay true to yourself and follow your dreams! Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something, you are truely stronger than you believe! I am so excited to share those "firsts" conversations with her! I started shaving my legs when I was 12, I remember my mom sitting in the bathroom with me, showing me exactly how to do it! I will be the same with my little girl!

Anonymous said...

I had long, dark hair on my legs, but wasn't allowed to shave yet when I asked. Eventually those gym shorts we had to wear in 7th grade got the best of me,so one day I decided to go ahead & I shaved anyway- I think I was about 12 yrs old. Too bad Venus was not around then! My mom had talked to me about the how-to, so I only had a knick or two.

Lissa McClain said...

My daughter (12) just came to me this week and asked me about this. I <3 your blog!! You just found yourself a new reader!!

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kevin yates said...

i find that if i tell them the truth even if its hard for me to let you do x and heres why. To the Truth it only take one dumb lie about sex or drugs for them to lose all trust in you

Anonymous said...

Best tip is to ask friends and family for advice.. and talk it over with my husband before tackling the conversation! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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Anonymous said...

My daughter will be turning 12 in September and she has been asking me to shave for a couple of months now! I finally gave in and let her, I actually bought her the same razor and surprisingly she has started wearing shorts again!
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Calli said...

I'm very hairy as well, I think I started shaving about twelve. My fiance is even hairier so I think our future little girl is going to have some trouble as well!
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ellen b said...

I think you just need to be prepared. They will ask questions.
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Mysharona said...

I try and be there with examples from my own experience to make it easier

Carolyn said...

I think dealing with each situation on a case by case basis works best

Kimberley Meier said...

I too had the same issue with my daughter. She is bi-racial and has dark body hair. She started asking at around 7 when she saw me shaving one day. I told her I thought she was too young still but soon changed my mind when she started getting teased by a couple of boys at school who called her Chewbacca. I decided to let her do it. I did it the first time to show her how and then supervised for awhile after that until I was sure she was going to cut her leg off. For awhile she needed help with the back of her legs but now at 12 she's a pro! I think that each child and situation is different and should be handled as such.

Kimberley Meier
momof3chaos at gmail dot com

Kimberley Meier said...

Tweeted:
https://twitter.com/MRSMEIER5627/status/212390836850274306?tw_p=twt

Kimberley Meier
momof3chaos at gmail dot com

miss_moneymaker said...

When my daughter was old enough to shave, I bought her own shaver and shaving cream, and we did our legs together.

miss_moneymaker said...

Tweeted:
https://mobile.twitter.com/miss_moneymaker/status/212571584253267969

chambanachik said...

My daughter is only (almost) two, so we haven't had those big conversations yet, but when we do, I hope to be honest and listen well.

chambanachik@gmail.com

Elizabeth Towns said...

I tweeted about this post https://twitter.com/BDandV/status/212950242365149185

Elizabeth Towns said...

When my daughter initially wanted to learn about shaving her underarms and legs, I got her some shaving cream and a good razor, and into the bathroom we went. I showed her everything I knew about shaving. I learned these important lessons from my 2 older sisters.

LAMusing said...

I don't have kids, but remembering there are no hard and fast rules or "one size fits all" solutions can let parents tailor each situation to their child
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Norma said...

My daughter has light and sparse hair, so by the time she needed to shave she was a teenager
bingomamanorma(at)gmail(dot)com

LAMusing said...

https://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/213122709901684738
adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

Wanda said...

My girls are 17 & 19, they've been shaving a while now but they love (and me too) VENUS! They are by far, THE BEST RAZORS!!

Your girl is a doll!

Tiffany said...

The best tip is to be down to earth and have an open honest discussion.

cw said...

I just try to be open and honest about everything so it doesn't feel awkward or embarassing....instead it is just part of life.

tara1965 said...

tweeted https://twitter.com/kj20082006/status/214072382774722560

tara1965 said...

Those firsts are tough but need to be done

Anonymous said...

try using humor in a first conversation jtwark@mail.com

Sonya said...

Give them as much info as they're asking for but don't overload them with info

ms-texas said...

things like shaving are a fact of life and you just have to be open and honest with your daughter

debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

ms-texas said...

tweeted :

https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/214850612481892353

debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

dawns41 said...

I think when tackling those *first* conversations it is best to make sure there will be no one interrupting and keep it simple.
dawns_horizen@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

With five daughters, three of which have started shaving, this is a conversation around our house a lot. We love the venus products! Shelli
mljcwsu at yahoo dot com

Jan Messali said...

The first conversations can be tough. I found it was good to start with a personal story so the kids would realize their dad and I had been through these changes also.

Jan Messali said...

Tweeted https://twitter.com/janJ4C/status/214967556677713921
janmessali (at) gmail (dot) com

Karina said...

my daughter is still a baby so I haven't had to have any "talks" with her yet

karinaroselee at gmail dot com

Karina said...

https://twitter.com/karinaroselee/status/215191791270494209

karinaroselee at gmail dot com

buzzd said...

Just be honest as they are embarrassed to ask so a quick direct answer is best. The whole shaving thing is tough because of sensitive skin in our family. Just being gentle and careful near the ankles was what I emphasized.

buzzd said...

tweet
https://twitter.com/buzz8/status/215195536209358848

Tabathia said...

Be supportive and if you are not sure then research before giving them false information
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Tabathia said...

tweet
https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/215220097801920513
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Christina said...

Tackling tough “firsts” conversations with my kids is not too easy, be honest and have the conversation with him/her personally and share my past experience, he/she would be interested to listen and learn.

ctong2[at]gmail[dot]com

Christina said...

I tweeted about this promotion: https://twitter.com/ctong2/status/215720779894108160

ctong2[at]gmail[dot]com

Maria said...

haha we had the same issue with my sister. she refused to do it!

Lindsay said...

Fake it til you make it. If you get weird, any "first" convo gets weird...

Lindsay said...

Tweeted-https://twitter.com/lmpick/status/215974836877541376

Angela N. said...

Im just honest with my daughters. If they have any questions I know they can come to me.

sy said...

thanks for the review
tweet: https://twitter.com/syytta/status/216438025444528128
songyueyu at gmail

Cheryl Purviance said...
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Cheryl Purviance said...

All my girls are grown; they will have to worry about teaching their own girls now!

lady_phoenix39 at yahoo dot com

Cheryl Purviance said...

https://twitter.com/CherylPurviance/status/216686411586342913

lady_phoenix39 at yahoo dot com

Karli said...

No firsts yet since I don't have kids.

Karli1238 at aol dot com

Karli said...

I tweeted.
https://mobile.twitter.com/#!/Karli1238/status/217087608323444736

Gina M Maddox said...

tweet-https://twitter.com/CrazyItalian0/status/217303130646392832

gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

Gina M Maddox said...

I think being open with your kids is my best advice. Thanks for the chance to win!
gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

cjbstar said...

Such a milestone - tough thing for a mom.

one frugal lady said...

My daughter is 5, and has already asked quite a few questions that I wasn't ready for! I think staying calm and being honest is the best policy!
onecheaplady@yahoo.com

Brittney said...

We haven't gotten to this yet, but it probably won't be much longer. My daughter is 5 and her is already starting to get very dark. not so bad during the summer when she is playing outside and tan, but it's really noticeable in the winter. whenever she asks i'll show her the safest way to do it.
brittneydejajason at gmail dot com

Always Something said...

Thanks for the review. I look forward to trying this and letting my daughter try it as well!

Kerry said...

When we have one of those 'firsts conversations', I just make sure my kids know that they can ask me any questions.
nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

Kerry said...

tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/218128428786913280
nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

Betty C said...

My girls learned mostly by watching. After all it seems like everything a parent does is scrutinized in great detail.

willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

tavernie said...

Ill bring up the subject cassully and next thing you know its a full blown conversation!
ptavernie at yahoo dot com

Caryn said...

Let them observe you do it first and be encouraging and understanding

caryn9802 at yahoo dot com

MCantu1019 said...

My daughter has hairy legs also she took after my husband's family.
MCantu1019@aol dot com

Michelle @womenwwin said...

I'm dreading those days when my girls will begin to worry about what they look like instead of just enjoying childhood. Sigh!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

Michelle @womenwwin said...

Tweeted= https://twitter.com/womenwwin/status/218467329120534528

Ashley T. said...

I don't have any kids yet, so no firsts!

ajoy1332 at yahoo dot com

Ashley T. said...

https://twitter.com/ajoy1332/status/218502182318772224

ajoy1332 at yahoo dot com

coriwestphal said...

Just be honest and straightforward and let them ask as many questions as they need to!

coriwestphal at msn dot com

coriwestphal said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/coriwestphal/statuses/218541859784499201

coriwestphal at msn dot com

Betty C said...

Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/218609648729735168

willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

ferriz said...

no first yet, but i never actually had the shaving talk with my parents. they were not hands on so i had to learn alone. lots of blood and a few scars.

ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

ferriz said...

https://twitter.com/xferriza2/status/218662821175640064 @xferriza2

ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

Tscully said...

Both of my daughters are older now but I remember the first time they shaved their legs I wanted to do it for them so they wouldn't cut themselves. One let me watch, the other made me leave the bathroom because I was making her nervous.

Tscully said...

Here's my tweet: https://twitter.com/TinaScully/status/218707182030565377

Tamar said...

we aren't having too many. my son is 3 and his sister is 7 weeks. but we are teaching him about strangers and the importance of being a good boy with his sister... so far, so good, i guess!
tamarsweeps-at-gmail-dot-com

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