How Not to “Sweat It!”

All you moms of tweens and teens will appreciate this: I had the chance to talk to Rosalind Wiseman, my Twitter friend and also author of Queen Bees and Wannabees. She visited with several moms about how they talk to their tweens about… (no, not about sex)… about sweat! Yup, that birds and bees conversation also includes the physical changes that come with puberty… increased hormones causing noticeable changes — like growth spurts and strange new odors. It’s all just part of life.

Like it or not, my daughter is just getting to that age. She’s curious about how babies are made. Some of her friends are already wearing bras! And she’s asked me questions about “the bleeding.” What I’ve found works best is just creating space for these conversations to happen naturally. Instead of scheduling a time for “the talk,” I want to create time for us to just be together, and for her to share what’s on her mind. Many times, this is right before bed and she just naturally downloads.

That’s what I shared in the Bliss TV videos and on Unilever’s Don’t Fret the Sweat site. The Facebook Page sponsored by Unliever – maker of Degree, Dove and Suave deodorants – has money saving offers and expert tips, tools and real life stories about how parents helping their tweens become confident and self-reliant teens. I’m honored to be part of it and hope you’ll join me in the always interesting journey of parenting a tween… right, Zen Mommy! 😉

Disclosure: this post sponsored by Bliss TV.


  1. I have a son and he is changing everyday and as more as he is growing, I see that he is getting excited from completely different things than before.