My 11 year old daughter refuses to shower?

Rebecca - posted on 10/06/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Every day it is a fight to get my 11 year old daughter to shower. She throws a fit and gets a major attitude when it comes time for her to shower. I have told her whatever if you don't wanna shower I'm not gonna fight any more If you wanna be the smelly kid in school then its not my problem. should i leave it at that or should i force her to shower? please help

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Paula - posted on 11/19/2013

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I try to get my 10 to take bath or shower daily she dont think she smell

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Paula - posted on 11/19/2013

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I think you should leaver her and just give her body wash and new underware and pj or a new gown.

Michelle - posted on 10/20/2009

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I agree with Thelma.

Maybe she would prefer to take a bath. My 9-year old daughter will not take a bath for nothing but she loves her showers. Offer her a choice...she can take a bath or a shower but she may not choose not to take one or the other.

Thelma - posted on 10/20/2009

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What's wrong with a bath then? She's got to be impressed upon the fact of being clean so if it's not a shower then it has to be a bath; let her decide since she'll ultimately hv to deal with the consequences.

Jennifer - posted on 10/19/2009

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I would buy her a pretty basket of bath salts, soaps, bubbles, etc. no girl can refuse these and hopefully her first thought won't be the "shower fight" and she'll be excited to try out the new scents....hope this helps I disagree with Amy that it is a direct reflection on you though each person is their own individual. You can guide them but they'll make their own decisions.

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I would first tell her you want to discuss something with her.... tell her you don't understand why she doesn't want to shower and ask her to explain it to you. Maybe you can come up with a compromise (such as a bath instead) or make the reasons why she doesn't want to do it go away. At 11 she should have enough common sense and decency to want to be clean, if not, she is a direct reflection of you when she steps outside the home, so if that fails then make her.

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