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Magic Bag vs Womanly Transformation Monster
Being the mom of a large family has unique challenges. Being the mom of seven children, five of them girls, takes challenges to a new level. One of the usual questions people ask a mom of a large family: Are girls or boys easier to raise? My answer is a resounding….
It depends. I know..really a helpful and insightful answer right?
Hear me out and my answer will become clear. Based on my experiences, boys are more challenging..UNTIL those dreaded but much needed hormones of young girls turning into women kick in. And then my friend, all bets are off!
When the children were younger, they were guided with the same set of rules for the most part. Our house rule was “There are very few reasons for failure, most are just excuses”.
The boys tended to be louder, rougher, and bucked authority of the parents sooner than the girls. We instructed both genders in the same life skill sets and required the same academically, meaning earning a college degree was not negotiable. Both genders were taught that it is important to have the knowledge even if you chose to not use it. Like having a skill that could support your family is important whether you are the head of the family or the stay at home mom. Life happens. Life isn’t always fair, and you need to be able to either step up to help when needed or take over the responsibility if put in that situation.
As our boys grew into young men, they both embraced adulthood with a vengeance. They both chose a military path, although different branches, serving their country bravely. Both are now married with children of their own. Life skills learned while growing up, such as cooking and cleaning have been a real blessing to their respective wives and families.
The girls tended to be quieter, not as rough, and generally easier to raise. Until the womanly transformation monster invaded our home. Oh my..these girls of ours were not in the lucky gene pool when it came to their “monthly visitor” being nice. Oh no, when it came to visit it was like the world had been tilted on its axis. Headaches, cramps, tears, drama level emotional outbursts…did I mention tears?
Yeah, as each one of our girls became young women, the chances were that someone in the house was having their monthly visitor and there just didn’t seem to be a time that someone wasn’t down for the week. This was confusing for me because I was one of the lucky few in the world that have very light cycles and they only last for a couple of days. Our girls however, were not so lucky with extremely heavy cycles lasting at least a week.
Since taking a week off of school or work isn’t an option, finding ways to manage life while the monthly womanly transformation monster (so nicknamed by the boys) became a challenge.
Our answer was our “Magic Bag”, again named by the boys in the house because the bag contained things that worked “miracles” with their sisters. And it was easier to get one of the boys to go fetch said magic bag instead of asking them to go get a tampon or pad from under the sink. I will say that my guys do have an awesome way of managing stressed girls.
The Wilson Magic Bag held the “magic” that made the girls tolerable while the monthly womanly transformation monster was in residence. This magic included tampons (in all absorbency levels), menstrual pads (again in all shapes, sizes and absorbency), feminine wipes for easy clean up, chocolate (for emotional comfort), and a bottle of pain reliever for the physical discomforts.
Said magic bag went everywhere with us. As the girls started driving and being off on their own, they created their own magic bag to carry in their purse or backpack. Additional items were added to their “to-go magic bag” such as a spare set of undies and more chocolate as a back up when needed.
Our current teen girl in the house suffers just as her older sisters did with the monthly womanly transformation monster. She doesn’t let it slow her down though and now that she has discovered a wonderful product called Advil® Menstrual Pain, she is able to handle the physical discomforts and continue on her over packed schedule of classes, work, and her hobby of being a gym rat.
Advil® Menstrual Pain helps relieve the aches and pains that try to slow her down. Armed with her magic bag and her Advil® Menstrual Pain, life doesn’t come to a screeching halt once a month.
I like that Advil® Menstrual Pain is available to handle the discomfort of menstrual cramping, headaches, and back pain, and it is caffeine and antihistamine free! Please remember and make sure your daughter knows to only use as directed
Whether you have teen girls or young girls getting to the age of needing a magic bag, make sure to stop at Walmart and pick up all the needed items to prepare a bag for your daughter. Even though all my girls are old enough to manage their bags on their own, I still keep one in my purse for emergencies.
Walmart carries everything needed for your magic bag. All the items can be found in the pharmacy area of the store in the pain aisle with other menstrual pain relievers, except for the crucial item of chocolate. That you can grab at the check out line but don’t miss it as it is an integral item to a complete magic bag.
Have you discovered Advil® Menstrual Pain? I recommend it for both moms and teen girls. Stop letting the monthly womanly transformation monster wreck a week of your month. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to say, “What monthly pain?” when asked about how you are able to continue life and living during this monthly cycle? Advil® Menstrual Pain makes menstrual pain a distant memory. Please make sure to only use as directed.
Allyson R Becker says
I depend on Advil. It is a miracle worker.
Judy Calloway says
good ideal a magic bag i could use one of them about right now.
Allyson R Becker says
Maybe, I need a magic bag after all. Does it help one deal with idiots?
Jessica Lodge says
After 4 boys I finally had a daughter a year ago. I will have to remember the magic bag when she becomes that age. I love the idea.
Jerry Marquardt says
The Magic Bag looks well worth the wait. I think a transformation is a great improvement of life and living.
Cynthia Gaarder says
than god for modern meds 🙂
Holly Thomas says
I am so happy all that is behind me!
i love it.Advil is the best
Samantha Messler says
Always have chocolate and Advil in that bag!! Anything to make it easier!
Nicole Ackerman says
Magic bag is such a cute idea!
Chelsea Borgerding says
I think I need some of this advil 🙂
Melissa Kline says
Absolutely love the magic bag idea
Advil works great. I never had a name for our bag, that’s a good name so the boys are no so embarrassed having to get it. Anything to help the girls transition into this part of like is good, and this helps alot.
Allyson R Becker says
My coping mechanism would be Advil.
This is so great and The Magic Bag is such an awesome idea. I will definitely have to keep this in mind!
Advil is the best.
Amy Orvin says
It sounds like your kids turned out very well. I know you are very proud. It’s because you were such a great parent. I hated the dreaded “monthly visitor”. I called it the “curse”. It was horrible for me, too. Come to find out years later I had endometriosis. I thought I was in more pain than my friends and was so glad I got checked out. I went through many boxes of Midol in my time.
Christy Peeples DuBois says
I bet your boys grew into much more understanding men than if they hadn’t had their sisters that needed the Magic Bag. I still need the magic bag yet I didn’t know that Advil made s product that didn’t have the caffeine. So glad I read this. Thanks for a great informative post even for oldies like me.
The Magic Bag is such a smart idea! I will definitely use that when our daughter is older. We had a code word if I needed my mom to pick supplies up at the store- I would ask her to bring strawberries home. Advil really works! It’s always helped my aches and pains.
Darcy Koch says
I could use a magic bag for my 3 male grandsons who are only 14, 9, and 5. Of course, it would take a lot of magic to do any good with them-lol. Maybe I can make a Goody bag and give it to whoever is the best behaved.
Heather S says
This is a brilliant idea! I have a twelve year old whom I’m sure will be starting soon. Going to get a “magic bag” started this week!
Bekah Walsh says
ha! I love the name “magic bag!” And I had no idea Advil made this product. Awesome!
Jamie-May King says
I love the idea of a magic bag! I’ll have to start this ‘tradition’
Kim Pincombe-Cole says
Ha! I love the name ‘Magic Bag’!
I had never even heard of Advil Menstrual pain, definitely going to get some of this asap!
Dotty J Boucher says
I have yet to use this one but I have used advils for other aches and pains.
Kimberly S says
What a fantastic idea this is. Definitely would of come in handy a few years back.
I wish someone had thought of this back in the seventies 🙂
Haha, it’s just me and the other half and I still feel a ‘magic bag’ might be of use for us! I love it! #client
JOYCE HASKETT says
Advil is the best for your monthly visitor!!
Are boys or girls easier? That’s a loaded question, isn’t it? I have 8 boys and 6 girls and people are often astounded that our boys were (are) also teary and emotional during those tween and early teen years! I actually have an Aunt Flo box that I keep stocked with: chocolate, Advil, colored pencils and coloring books and yummy snacks.
Chocolate is a required item!! Agree with that!