Kristine - posted on 09/29/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )
Hi there ladies!
I look after a young girl who is in elementary school. Since going back to school this past September, the parents seem to be ignoring basic hygiene. Bathing hasn't always been high on their list of priorities as far as I can tell, but it appears that the child is receiving maybe one bath during the school week. The minute she enters my house after school this awful odor accompanies her - it smells like very, very dirty feet, clothing that hasn't been dried properly and just a very dirty, unwashed smell. I understand that after wearing shoes inside the school all day, feet could be a bit smelly of course, but this foot smell is overpowering, honestly. It fills the entire house, even for about an hour after she is gone. Part of the issue is that mom doesn't want to wash "extra" laundry by making the kid wear socks, so gross unwashed feet are going into these shoes day in and day out, which makes the smell worse. I have to help this child wash her feet sometimes because it gags me to smell her. And even after a good scrubbing the smell lingers on her feet. The mom just laughs and says, "Kids will be kids" when other adults and children have commented on this particular scent. Her clothes also smell mildewy(perhaps left in the washer wet) and hair sometimes gets so greasy and has a mildewy/dirty smell to it. I know it's not the kids fault, but how do you approach the parents in a "gentle, non offensive" manner? Mom and dad are always showered, smell good, have clean hair. Is this considered a form of neglect? How would you approach this? Sorry it's so long. Thanks in advance!
I've also noticed that when the child is getting quite dirty, mom sprays a boatload on perfume on the kid in the morning instead.