Tween/Teen Hygiene - when to teach them about taking care of themselves

Tieast - posted on 07/27/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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With the summer months comes hot sweaty days. Our kids are out and about playing and doing their thing, oblivious to the 'hot,sweaty' smells that they bring home with them.

My oldest daughter said that in camp yesterday, her camp director told some of the kids that they need to make sure they put on deoderant daily (and bring a travel size with them on swim days) because they smell. Ooch!

My daughter has been wearing deoderant for the past year. Why, because at some point she needed it, also, I wanted to protect her from any comments before someone said something to hurt her feelings. Yes, it was a process for her to get use too, but every morning, I'd remind her to put her deoderant on just like I remind her to brush her teeth or put on lotion (that is something she's been doing since about 5 due to her eczema).

Are we not teaching our children to take care of themselves and be aware of their hygiene? Why must we have other people tell our children that they need to check their hygiene habits? When is the best time to have a discussion about personal hygiene?

I would like to know what others think.

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Paulina - posted on 07/28/2010

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Yes, I agree with your statement that a lot of parents don't think of it because for the most part some of them may not have been taught by their parents. I was taught at a young age to keep my personal hygiene intact.

Tieast - posted on 07/28/2010

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I could not agree with you more. How embarrassing would it be to be told that you smell. As a child, that will have an ever lasting impression, but a lot of parent don't think of these things until it's too late.

Paulina - posted on 07/27/2010

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I have two sons and I started teaching about personal hygiene since they were about 5 or 6 years of age. I think that this should told to them at home and save them from.embarrassment of someone on the outside telling that they have a hygiene problem

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