Once your kids hit the tween years you might feel like the hard graft of the early years is behind you. Turns out you have a whole new series of battles to deal with. As a little person their hygiene was up to you, but now they are older there's no way they are going to tolerate a parent brushing their teeth or washing their pits for them. Unfortunately good personal hygiene is not at the top of every tween's list of really fun stuff to do! In fact the more you nag the more it can turn into a power struggle as they start to assert their independence. Is this sounding familiar?
Luckily we have a few tips to encourage your hardened shower swervers to take a wash:
How to encourage your tween to shower - our top tips:
- Talk to them about the changes that might be starting to happen in their bodies. Explain that skin gets oilier and sweat glands become more active as they start to head towards puberty.
- Give them a choice. Let them choose whether to shower in the morning or evening. Let them choose their own products too or get them ones that are only for them such as their own deodorant that’s suitable for tweens.
- Bring back the star chart! Get them to work towards a reward with some good personal hygiene. Stars every time they brush their teeth or have a shower and a full chart at the end of the week means prizes.
- Make it short! Quick showers save water so they don't have to be in there for ages. Choose a 3 in 1 product like our Scrub All and they can wash their hair and body with just a few squirts of foam and then get back to the Xbox/Telly/Wrestling with siblings.