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8/20/14 7:19 P

My boys are in their 30's now. I went through the same thing. But it didn't last long. They were very involved in sports and between school, practices and social life, they would go through at least 3 outfits a day and take 2 showers a day. I couldn't even get them to use the same bath towel for the day, let alone wear their clothes again. Once they reached about 14 is when they changed. Don't know if it was friends. school or girls that changed them, but it put a huge hit on my electric and water bills. LOL


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8/18/14 11:15 P

I think this is a very typical boy thing--especially in the early teens. You just have to keep pegging away--once girls become important you may want them to get out of the shower!

I have grandkids who are: Boys: 9, 12, 14. Girls: 10, 13, 14, 15. Guess who showers, shampoos, wears clean clothes, etc. without much if any prompting? The 14 year old boy is beginning to take more care with his hygiene. Beginning.

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8/15/14 2:49 P

Mine could care less on how they look. I too remind all the time to use deodorant. Helps if it is sitting out on the counter (which I hate stuff out) BUT if it helps good. I also told him that I don't want him to be known as the stinky kid at school.


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8/14/14 11:09 A

I have 2 boys - 9 & 11. I have been telling them since they were toddlers to brush, wash, comb, clean your ears! The 9 y/o is OK with it, and I don't always have to remind him, but the 11 y/o I have to fight to get in the shower, and then he won't wash his hair! He also refuses to brush his teeth. I don't understand it, I can't stand to feel yucky teeth! He has his own set of defiance issues though... I'm hoping once he starts stinking on a daily basis (not just after football), he'll get better about it.

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8/12/14 6:01 P

Guardian of triplets (2 boys, 1 girl in that order) turn 12 in October and for whatever reason I can't get the boys to remember to brush their teeth, take a bath, change clothes and clean their room. The girl has no problem with personal hygiene. The oldest of the 3 can't smell light orders so he can't even smell him self. I constantly tell him because he can't smell, he should take a bath and change clothes daily. It's like talking to a brick wall. He will wear the same pants to school all week if I don't say something. Then he tries to argue his point about wearing the jean 2 days before changing them. Yeah, but you have not start the count over everyday. The middle boy is the same but he can smell he stinks. It baffles me that they HAVE to be told to wash they stinky selves. They start middle school this year. Maybe being embarrassed by their peers will change their attitude.

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8/12/14 9:33 A

I had a good laugh with your comment. Different side of the same problem. lack or overuse of water. :)

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8/4/14 12:59 P

I have 3 boys - 24, 19, and 17. Hygiene is not a problem in our house. Actually the issue has become the number and length of showers lol! I never had to nag them because I think that their sisters did and the girls were always interested in them so they made an effort with their appearance and hygiene.

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7/31/14 9:22 A

This is such a funny topic to me because I went (am) going through the same thing with my boys (who are 22 and 19).
I always had to tell the 22 year old to brush, shower, deodorant etc. and never had to tell the 19 year old when they were younger.
Years later and I am still doing the same. The 22 year old has a house and lives with his girlfriend but still doesn't seem to have proper hygiene. The 19 year old is in the Army but when he comes home, he showers everyday, brushes at least twice a day etc..I am hoping the older brother will eventually begin to do the same.

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7/27/14 11:01 A

I agree with wearing pants a couple of times when you are an adult or not playing outside all the time. My kids came home from school covered in grass stains playing football, dirt from playing baseball, paint from art projects etc. We did laundry almost every day. That was a pain, especially since I worked midnights.

The good part of teenagers, after you remind them constantly, is when you hear them several years later, repeating the same thing you did with room mates or their children. Turn off the lights, go brush your teeth. It does get better.

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7/26/14 12:19 P

In our house, we actually encourage kids to wear jeans and shorts until they look and/or smell dirty. Nice clothes are different, of course. This trick helps us last until the weekend to do laundry and it means we can get a greater variety of outfits, because we don't have to buy so many pants.

Also, my husband and I figure that if we can survive with two-three pairs of jeans, then so can the kids!

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7/26/14 7:36 A

I was lucky and did not have this problem. My son had long hair, almost to his waste. He washed his hair every other day and used conditioner. Cost a fortune, but beautiful hair. My problem was he showered etc and put on yesterday's clothes, except underwear. He gradually started putting on clean shirts every day, I let him off wearing his jeans two days in a row unless they were covered in mud. He out grew this. He's 36 and still has trouble with matching shirt and pants. Good luck!!!

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7/22/14 11:24 A

It's totally the age. I have a stepson that is 12 and he has been doing this for years. It's starting to get better as he is getting more concerned about girls. His father and I often have random, sarcastic conversations about how much girls like clean boys... At least we can laugh at it. :)

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7/22/14 10:48 A

Not there but with almost 8 and 11 year old boys, I'll be watching this. Good luck

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7/21/14 7:49 P

Must be the age. I have a 13 year old boy. I often ask in the morning "did you brush your teeth and put on deodorant?" Sometimes the answer is yes and sometimes it is no and then he takes care of it.

I have nicely told him that the reason I remind him is I don't want the kids at school to say something if he forgets and they notice.

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7/21/14 7:42 P

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7/21/14 6:46 P

Actually, I would be blunt and upfront with him. Tell him he stinks and that everybody is starting to notice. Then, ask him if he thinks he can start using proper hygiene, at least during the weekdays, or if you need to create a sticker chart to help him stay on top of things.

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7/21/14 5:58 P

I have a 13 year old son, almost 14. I have always told him to brush his teeth every morning and night, and now that he has gotten older, am trying to get him in the habit of putting deodorant on etc. and I am really thinking that by now I should not have to tell him these things. When he takes a shower, he often emerges without having washed his hair, and um he is a boy! He plays and works hard so when he doesn't wash from head to toe, he stinks! How do you get your kids to do this without being told? How can I be nice about the hygiene part?

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