Anyone else have trouble getting their teen to practice good hygiene?

Vicki - posted on 08/23/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I have a 14 yr old boy who does'nt seem to care about his hygiene. Getting him to brush his teeth and shower regularly is difficult. Its down right frustrating actually.

Anyone else with this problem? Any sugestions as to how to encourage regualr showers and brushing of the teeth?

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S. - posted on 08/23/2012

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Tawni is right he will, my nephew was a typical "smell boy" and now 15 he showers every day and even brushes his teeth lol all because he has a girlfriend.



My 13 year old was shower dodging all the time. i had set days 3 times a week but she would go happily enough not cleaning like forever if I give her the chance. I changed the rule of 3 times a week to every night, if she skips it I make her wash the pots the next day (which she hates) it's happened twice in 6 months so were doing good and I figure at least something in the house is getting clean lol.

Failing that I'd but a good air freshener, good luck :)

Tawni - posted on 08/23/2012

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It's embarrassing to admit, but when I was 13, (Now 16.) I showered so infrequently (About once every 4 or 5 days.) that my mother ended up pouring shampoo on my head to get me to go in the shower.

When I turned 15, I started showering every morning.

Part of what got me was the idea of attracting guys, and I know that that's what got a lot of my male classmates to shower once a day. Potential girlfriends run at the sight of filth.

I think he just needs to realize that hygiene is important on his own.

Let him rot in his own filth for a year. He'll come around, and considering he's 14, he'll discover girls soon and actually care. For now, he has no motivation.

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Jodee - posted on 08/27/2012

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I have an almost 13 yr old daughter that I have the same problem with. Every time we go to the dentist for cleanings he tells her that if she doesn't start brushing every day she will have to have more fillings (she HATES shots!!!) but it doesn't seem to make any difference. It's a constant battle to get her to shower, brush her hair, brush her teeth, put deodorant on! She starts 7th grade in about a week so maybe that will bring some incentive for her to "clean up".

Here's hoping!!!

Kathy - posted on 08/24/2012

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On teeth: I would insist. That is a health issue that could impact his life forever, and will cost you a lot of money.



My Ds is plaque-y. He was not brushing as often as he should. We brought him to the dentist for a cleaning and they said he was going to have to go in 2-3 times a year instead of every 9 months, as his teeth needed more frequent cleaning. He does not like getting his teeth cleaned, so the threat of having to go for a cleaning more often did the trick! He is much better about brushing.

Vicki - posted on 08/23/2012

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Thank you for responding! Part of me does know that i should just let it be the my i nag the more he will stand his ground. I just worry about him due to his teeth having lost the natural whitness to them. He already needs them bleached. Its a shame he is being this way he doesnt realize that this could prevent him from smiling one day

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