My 10 year old is smart, beautiful, and well taken care of but I cant get her to understand the importance of hygiene.

Misti - posted on 03/19/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter has younger brothers but is by no means a "tomboy." I have to remind her to brush her teeth, put deoderant on, and so forth. I feel as if she is at the age to not only understand she needs to do these things but she should WANT to. I tell her :go take a shower" she says things like "i took one two days ago" or "later" or "cant I wait until tomorrow?" I did not raise her to disregard the importance of cleanliness so I do not know where her actions come from. She does not care if her clean clothes are hung up or put in drawers, if her room is clean, if her toys are kept nice, or if her bed sheets are clean. Please do not get me wrong, She is an amazing girl, beautiful, and is well like by school mates, teachers, and even "boys". I just dont understand why she does not take more pride in cleanliness, organization, and her overall health.Anyone have Ideas or personal experience?

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Misty - posted on 03/24/2012

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That seems to be most kids that age. My 12 yr old boy is the same way. Most days it's like banging my head against a wall with him. On the good side, it does get better, my 18 and 16 year old did the same thing and thank the good Lord, they became human around high school. Try to be patient and know it does get better.

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Sandy - posted on 05/05/2012

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It's gotta be the age, because my daughter is the same way! I have to actually pay her to take a shower! She loves her lotions though, so that's a good thing! and she actually asked me to buy her a crimper for her hair, there is hope!

Tameka - posted on 04/21/2012

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I understand what everyone is going through. I have a 10 year old daughter that is the same way. I have to tell her 10 times to get in the shower, brush her teeth, wash her face. I have noticed a couple days ago that she is starting to grow hair down there. I just don't get it. I was not like that at her age. My mother said i took between 2 and 3 showers a day. I am still that way now. I just don't no what to do anymore.

Tanya - posted on 04/01/2012

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yup, my daughter is like this too. I have to nag and nag on her to brush her teeth, comb her hair, etc. It drives me crazy!!!

Nicky - posted on 03/20/2012

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Its gota be the age. My 11 year old son is the same way. Actually about 5 min ago i told him to get in the shower and he says (mom i took one yesturday, cant i take one tomorrow?) lol. Also the brushing his teeth thing, i have to tell him to do it and sometimes he says he will do it in the morning and i say noooo you are right now & in the morning! He has a ton of deoderant & cologne i think he puts it on but im not sure. He brings deoderant to school in his gym bag so he can put more on after class. He actually had his first filling this morning so im HOPING it will engourage him to take better care of his teeth!! I think they will grow out of the "not wanting to do it" stage.. i hope! The one thing i can say is my son doesnt like his room messy..he keeps that pretty clean for a young boy. But as far as putting his clean clothes away forget about it, he will let them sit folded on his computer desk for days or until i make him put them away!! i make both of my kids (11 & 4) keep there rooms neat because i HATE a messy house!! My 4 year old wont go to bed until all his toys are put where they belong, if hes in bed and sees a toy he will yell for me & tell me he needs to put it away. goodluck with everything i know what your going through its tough to keep them on top of being clean. Its a fulltime job in itself..lol

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