Tenacious - posted on 06/24/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )
My stepdaughter recently turned 10, and it's already clear that puberty is going to hit her like a ton of bricks. Her long hair has gotten oily and dirty-looking (it's a struggle to get her to brush it), she's starting to get BO (it's a struggle to get her to put on deodorant), and recently I noticed she's starting to get breakouts on her chin.
I know this can be an emotional and embarrassing time for kids...but how do I approach her about taking better care of her appearance? We've already given her reminder after reminder about brushing her hair and wearing deodorant every day, but more often than not, she "forgets." She also has refused to get her hair cut and is generally walking around looking like a sloppy mess. My biggest concern is her going back to school and getting made fun of. Has anyone dealt with these situations? Have did you handle it?