M.!. asks from Glendale, AZ on August 04, 2010
Question for Moms of Middle School Girls
HI Moms, my daughter is getting ready to start middle school in a few weeks. She hasn't started her menses yet, but I was thinking of having her start carrying a purse now so that when she does start, it isn't obvious as to why she is carrying one. My question is, do middle school girls even carry purses now or is it not "cool". If they don't what do the carry their hygiene products in?
Thanks so much for your help.
So What Happened?™
I talked it over with my daughter and she decided to put a couple pads in a small pouch and carry it in her backpack. I know middle school can be a challenge, I wanted to make sure I wasn't giving her outdated advice. Thank you everyone for your responses.
C.L. answers from Phoenix on August 05, 2010
My 11yo started hers last Oct while she was still in 5th grade. She just has a few pads in her backpack. I would just go that route. I don't think anyone really carries a purse to school in any grade. I know I never did even in High School, I had a wallet/planner in my backpack, but never carried a separet purse and don't remember anyone else having one.
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M.R. answers from Columbus on August 05, 2010
Our school does not let the kids carry a purse. The pads and tampons are so small now, one slips easily into a pocket and they can keep a supply in their locker. Mine keeps a lunch bag in her locker so that she can slip one into her pocket if she needs it. They figure it out, it is not a big issue.
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S.S. answers from Chicago on August 05, 2010
the middle schools in our area are required to have see through bags so don't think that would solve your issue. I agree with the poster below who kept them in a lunch bag in her locker. I worked at a cafe for years and we kept a brown paper lunch sack under one of the counters full of just this stuff.
D.F. answers from St. Louis on August 05, 2010
Wow, my daughter isn't allowed to carry a purse or any type of bag around her school anymore. She'll be in 7th grade this year and thats one thing I hadn't even thought of. Her older sister's didn't have this rule sooo I never even gave it a thought until now. That's a great ? now I'll spend this afternoon on the phone with the school board to figure this one out. Our kids are also not allowe to go to their lockers by 3 times a day before, lunchtime and after school.
S.G. answers from Dallas on August 05, 2010
Yes, a purse is always good especially if it is something she really likes...color, brand, size etc. When my oldest daughter was in middle school (she's a junior now) I made her carry a purse because when the time did come I didn't want her classmates to wonder why she had one all of a sudden. Plus, as we pass the middle school these days I see so many designer purses; so its definitely still a cool trend.
M.M. answers from Washington DC on August 05, 2010
Oh my gosh YES!!!!
Let her choose one she likes, they are everywhere. MIne likes to carry her lipgloss in hers, she isn't wearing makeup yet. Plus they have all these little purse/backpack clipons. Be warned though once she starts carrying one she may have ot have one for each outfit or to match the shoes or blouse. It never ends. :o)
L.C. answers from Washington DC on August 05, 2010
When my daughter was in middle school, I put some supplies in a pencil case and hung it on one of the hooks in her locker. It was always there for her or anyone who needed hygiene supplies... She carried a purse some of the time in middle school - she had a lot of books, so the purse was almost too much. She only carried it when she thought she might need her supplies...
Now that she's in high school, my daughter carries a purse most of the time. She keeps supplies in a small case her backpack. If she has her period, she often keeps a tampon in her pocket - I get her the compact kind so it's not noticeable.
T.B. answers from New York on August 05, 2010
The girls in my daughter's middle school carry a small purse inside their backpacks or they store the product in a small compartment of their backpack, I am told.