Should I let me 12 year old shave her legs?

Christy - posted on 09/16/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I am trying to hold off till junior to let my 12 year old shave her legs, but she really wants to. The sad thing is I would have let her this year if we hadnt held her back in first grade because she would be in junior high this year. I am just trying to hold off I think out of my own fears, I tear a fide that she will cut herself bad. I am I just being overprotective?

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My Daughter started at 11 after having done it by sneaking a razor of her dads in the bathroom. If you are terrified of her cutting herself then you could do what I did go out and get her an electric razor they may get a little nick but they are pretty safe no major cuts with the guards on them.

Tami - posted on 09/17/2009

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My daughter just turned 13 and she has been shaving her legs for a couple of years. She is in 8th grade and the girls would make fun of her if she didn't. We started with the hair removal creams you can buy. Veet was great because it came with a plastic thing that looks like a razor she can just scrape off the stuff with that and it is like shaving and she does not cut herself. That worked for a while and I did not have to worry about her cutting herself.

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Christy - posted on 09/24/2009

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Thank you everyone, I think its time and I have just been stalling. But your all right its better if I show rather than sneaking. I did it on my own and cut myself really bad, even that didnt stop me, So I should take a lesson from myself, thanks.

Alissa - posted on 09/22/2009

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If she were my daughter and she absolutly needed to, I would. Kids at that age can be very cruel. My niece who is only 10 and is italian has enough hair that she gets picked on but she is still too young. I think it's a damned if you do and damned if you dont kind of situation.

Lisa - posted on 09/22/2009

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I like Tami's approach of letting her daughter start shaving with the hair removal creams and plastic scraper that looks like a razor. It's almost like a training razor that actually removes the hair; she'll learn how to apply cream, hold the razor correctly and how to drag it across her legs properly.

Shirley - posted on 09/22/2009

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I would let her especially if she is asking to do it because it will make her feel better about herself and lets hope that kids aren't picking on her for hairy legs. Kids are cruel...

and she does not need the added stress. I know it is hard but help her the first couple of times (she will like the time that you and her are spending together) and then just let her know that you are there if she needs you.. She will always be your little girl..

Good Luck!!

Mary - posted on 09/17/2009

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As parents, I think we are all a little over protective. We just want to protect our kids and keep them safe. My daughter is 12 years old, and I let her start shaving her legs, and under arms just this year. Just explain that she is actually going to be running a razor blade over her skin, and she must be careful. I'm sure we've all experienced a few knicks here and there. I just think it's better to go ahead and let her before she decides to do it behind your back... like i did, I was only 10, and again..everyone else was doing it. ISN'T THAT WHAT THEY ALWAYS SAY.

Julie - posted on 09/16/2009

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I didn't shave my legs until I was in grade eleven. I wasn't allowed then either but I went ahead and did it anyway as I was sick of being the only girl in school with dark hairy legs. My parents sat me down and gave me a good talking too until I cried. I still went back to shaving my legs. Have you told her that your worried about her cutting herself. As her mother why not use it as a bonding moment and show her how it is to be done properly.

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