My son is hitting that magical age of puberty and he’s starting to get that “teen boy smell”, how can I encourage him to be more hygienic without embarrassing him and hurting his feelings?
One Concerned Mother
Dear Concerned Mother,
Turn this one over to, his father, older brother or close uncle if you can, if you can’t don’t sweat it. I’d use the old “car conversation” when I had handled tough topics. I’d wait until we were in the car on our way to somewhere and BAM hit them with the topic. Easy, they couldn’t get away from me unless the jumped out of the car so the venue was perfect. I would use a very matter of fact attitude and state the clear facts. If it were me I would bring it up on a trip to the store and make it clear and simple, “Ya know Johnny as guys get older they start to sweat more and sometimes smell. I’ve been thinking, so your never caught in an uncomfortable situation while we are in the store let’s pick you up some Axe body wash and deodorant” or whatever deodorant body wash there is. Like I said state is simply and directly, boys appreciate the “you don’t have to think about anything” direction at 12, 13 because they don’t really think about that stuff anyway, so it is a win win.
seriously Mother, chances are if you are a single Mother of a boy with very little or no male help, you’ve got this. I raised three sons and one of the tricks was, never let them see you sweat it, boys react best to easy direction and fact!
Good Luck & Huge Muther Hugs,
One Tough Muther