Girls, When is it time to start shaving?

Christina - posted on 01/27/2010 ( 59 moms have responded )

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My daughter is going to be 11 in April.

She decided one day a few years ago to take upon shaving her legs, thank goodness no cuts. I was amazed. Well we told her not to do it again because she is too young.



Well now her legs are extremely hairy. When do you decide to let your daughter shave? I keep saying no but I noticed the other day how hairy they were & not sure. I do not remember shaving until I was 12.



So any advise or recommendations accepted

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Amy - posted on 01/28/2010

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My daughter is 10 she has been shaving since her 10th birthday. Her legs were VERY hairy and it was causing her some embarrassment. Raising my daughter to feel good about herself and have a strong sense of self-worth is very important to me and if letting her shave empowers her then I was all for it. It is hard enough to grow up today and many times kids will tease over perceived imperfections so if I could prevent her getting picked on over this issue, well... it was a no-brainer.

Jane - posted on 01/28/2010

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You've made the right decision by saying yes. My mum told me no, so I went behind her back and cut my shin all the way from bottom to top. You'd have thought the bathroom was a slaughter house. hehe. I have a 15 yo son with no facial hair yet, and a 12 1/2 yo son, who will need to shave soon. It looks like he has a caterpillar on his lip. His school has a clean shave policy so looks like we'll be buying razors soon. *cry, he's still my baby!!!

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My daughter has matured early. Her legs had become very hairy and she was getting really sef-concious like - refusing to wear shorts and skirts. my therory is that if it is effecting her self esteem it is not too early. my daughter is 11 and is shaving.

Amy - posted on 01/28/2010

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Yes let her shave buy her razors so she will not use dull ones. You don't want her to be embarrassed, you know how mean other kids are and they will notice hairy legs and arm pits. I don't see a problem with her shaving as long as she doesn't cut herself.

Christina - posted on 01/28/2010

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Well thanks all. I think I will let her shave to the knee.

She is a redhead so her hairs are dark too.

Danielle - posted on 01/28/2010

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Have to agree with Aliree - everyone is unique. My daughter is now 12 but I let her start shaving at the start of grade 7 (11). She bugged me for a year or so before that because a few of her friends already were but I didn't give in until I saw there was actually a need for it. She doesn' t have her periods yet but has boobs and is a brunette thus was showing a lot of dark hair. I didn't want her getting teased about it. Each girl is different, and you can give them limits too like only to the knee, once a week etc. Hope this helps :))

Aliree - posted on 01/27/2010

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My middle daughter was 10. She has dark hair therefore the hair on her legs was showing and she was embarrassed. She does it about once a week and after me showing her and giving her some tips she has been doing just fine. Everyone is unique!!!

Christina - posted on 01/27/2010

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She is already having her period. And she is already in a bra size b.
I know I started early too.

Vicki - posted on 01/27/2010

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I have a 10 year old who also wants to start to shave. I suggest once she gets her period than she can shave. It is a sign of being a big girl. Right now I agree they are just to young. But it is hard to see their legs so hairy though, just remember though they are just kids. And soon enough they wil shave.

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