Teen hygiene. Yes, we are going there. Now is the time to talk to your teens about being clean, smelling good, and taking care of their bodies.
No one wants to talk about it. It can be devastating to smell something coming from your teenager. There are ways you can help your teen learn about hygiene. Here are some tips to help walk you through this part of life. Every parent of a teen knows that this can be hard.
Have a talk with them
It’s better if your teen hears these hygiene concerns from you, instead of a peer. If your teenager isn’t smelling the best, have a conversation with them. They may be a little offended, but that’s okay. Having this talk with them will be a great way to jump-start the hygiene process.
Teach about taking showers
Back in the day, your kid didn’t need to take a shower every day. They didn’t smell bad because they didn’t sweat or were not going through puberty. Right now, your teenager needs to know that showers are a great way to make themselves smell better. Wiping away the sweat and dirt is a great way to begin any hygiene process.
Wearing deodorant is a must
When it comes down to teaching your teen about hygiene, they need to know about deodorant. It’s hard to go from not wearing deodorant to wearing it. It may take some time and some reminders, but go for it! Your teen is going to appreciate not smelling bad and that you gave them a tool to help them smell good.
Teach your teen about clean clothes
How many time have you had to smell your teen’s clothing to figure out if they are clean or dirty? Well, teaching your teen about clean clothes is always a good thing. Teach them how to fold their clean clothes and put them away. Dirty clothes should be put in a basket and washed. Certain clothes should only be worn once.
Keep an open conversation with your teenager
So, when it comes down to it, you need to leave this conversation “open” with your teenager. Allow them to ask questions and answer them with grace. Going through puberty and learning about hygiene in a whole new way can be nerve-wracking.
What tips do you have for your teen learning about hygiene? Don’t brush this topic under the rug, it’s something you NEED to talk to them about.