Dawn - posted on 03/14/2011 ( 23 moms have responded )
OK, call me old fashioned, but I believe kids (all kids!) should be bathed at least once a day as a rule, but at LEAST every other day if there is something that throws the schedule off. My 7 and 9 year old stepdaughters (who I have had over half their lives) got here this week for Spring Break and told me that their Mom (who I knew in the past and even as infants only bathed them every other day) only allows them to bathe once a week on Sunday and does not let them soap themselves, etc. At my house they have ALWAYS either had one of us in there, or since they got older, and as their little sister has come along, taken baths or even showers every day and mostly on their own now! HELP! I am absolutely alarmed! While I understand the pressures of what she says is single parenting (as she moved them across the country from their father, and he allowed it so that she had the support of her family) and she will probably blame time, homework, etc. it is a NECESSARY thing for children (especially girls) so as to not have problems with hygiene later. I am having a hard time getting over this! How do I approach it? The girls even went so far as to tell me that she always bathes them the night before I come get them. These are children who have come to me with head lice, and are often sick. As all kids are, I know. I have never heard many negative things about their home except that she was messy when they were married. I also have to say that I have never seen them after that long, but with long hair I notice even one day when I have allowed them to skip, a general oiliness. Any advise would be appreciated! I am worried!