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Some friends of mine went on vacation and I took care of their 7 year old daughter for a week while they were gone. She is a well behaved, curious, smart little girl but I have a few questions about her hygiene. The first night she was here, I sent her off to take a shower. Literally 2 minutes later she emerged from the bathroom and claimed she was done. Her hair was wet but it was obvious she didn't shampoo it (it was still dry in a big spot in the back). I told her that it's impossible she had cleaned herself properly in only 2 minutes. Long story short, I sent her back to re-shower 3 times until I was satisfied she had cleaned at least her hair properly. I thought of getting in the shower with her (with a bathing suit on) but decided this wasn't appropriate so all week I just would smell and feel her hair after her shower and send her back in if necessary. Is this a normal struggle with a 7 year old little girl? I am good friends with her mom but we don't spend a lot of time in their home so I don't know what they are teaching her about hygiene. I just remember that when I was her age, you couldn't get me OUT of the bathroom. She said at home she takes showers but next time she spends the night should I offer her a bath?
Another thing I'm not sure about is also bathroom related. I realized one night that the toilet paper in her bathroom was low so I went and got another roll. The next day while she was at school I noticed that the toilet paper was as I left it...maybe 4 or 5 squares left on one roll and the new roll hadn't been touched. When she got home from school, she went to the bathroom and I went in after her....and still the tp hadn't been touched. I asked her if she had wiped and she lied. I told her that I knew she wasn't telling the truth and showed her the new roll of tp. I gave her a few baby wipes and told her to clean herself and wash her hands. Is it normal for a girl her age to not wipe?
I'm not trying to be a picky person and I don't want to overstep any boundaries with my friend as far as how she's raising her daughter. But in my house we shower daily and we always wipe and wash our hands. I just wanted to see if it's normal for kids (girls in particular) to go through this "unclean" phase? Other than these two issues she was a joy to have in my home.