Is your 10-year old lazy to take a bath?

Deepti - posted on 10/09/2013 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 10-year old son is lazy to take a bath everyday. He just sprays his deo and pushes off to school. It really takes a lot of coaxing and cajoling to make him take a bath before going to school. However, he was always happy to take a bath earlier when still younger!! Is it ok if we give him a bath even at 10!!:)??

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Jodi - posted on 10/09/2013

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He'll clean his room when she starts getting invited home, LOL. Not that I know that yet from my 16 year old, but I have 4 younger brothers......that was interesting and actually very much a precurser for helping me raise a teenage boy!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 10/09/2013

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Oh, Jodi, ain't that the truth!

All of a sudden my 16 yo started showering daily, rather than every other day...I didn't say much until he told me he has a date for homecoming this weekend, and "oh, by the way, mom...she's my girlfriend too"...LOL...score 1 for girlfriend! All of a sudden, he's hygiene conscious, begging for haircuts, learning to shave. I've gotta say, it's not a bad change...now if she can get him to clean his room more often, we're set! LOL

Jodi - posted on 10/09/2013

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Yeah, we do showers in the evening too - much less of a rush. Showers are also much quicker than baths, so it is much less hassle. And I assure you, he will lose the reluctance when he discovers girls ;)

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 10/09/2013

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At that age, mine were required to shower every 2-3 days, in the evening, before bed. It was a heck of a lot easier than trying to drag their butts out of bed early enough to do it before school

To answer your last question: No, unless he is developmentally delayed and bathing himself would be putting him at risk of injuring or drowning himself, at 10 years old, it is not ok for you to continue to bathe him or monitor him in the tub.

At that age, daily bathing is not a must. They generally aren't grease factories yet.

Peggy - posted on 10/09/2013

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I would say maybe see if he's more up to taking a bath before bed.. or right after school when he gets home.. maybe he has his own morning routine that helps him prepare for the day and a bath/shower just isn't appealing to him at that time of day....try having him take a bath/shower at different times of the day and see which time of the day he seems to be most up to taking a bath/shower.

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