February 20, 2018

Personal Hygiene for Teenagers

“My teenager stinks”. Greasy hair, dirty teeth, smelly body odor, YUCK! In talking to other parents, it sometimes seems personal hygiene for teenagers ranks right up there with drug and alcohol use. Most of us feel like their unkempt appearance is a direct reflection of our parenting abilities. What is a parent to do?

Relax 1st. This is more about them than you. Here is an excerpt from an insightful article that  gives tips on dealing with your teenager and hygiene.

Personal Hygiene for Teenagers

Personal Hygiene in TeenagersIn matters of children and hygiene, I always say to parents, “Never underestimate or undervalue the natural consequences.” Kids can be very blunt and many won’t hesitate to tell your child that her breath stinks. I talked to a mom once whose son didn’t shower as often as she would like, and his girlfriend would come right out and tell him he smelled bad—and that ultimately solved the problem. I’ve also known teachers to send kids to the guidance counselor to talk about hygiene. These are all natural consequences to your child not showering or brushing his or her teeth. Do you want any of these things to happen to your kid? Probably not. Is it a reflection on you as a parent? It certainly feels like it, but it really isn’t so long as you are doing your job. If you’re giving your kids the opportunity to practice good hygiene by providing all the necessary tools, and helping them by giving them the skills and knowledge they need, that’s usually the best you can do. And believe me, it’s a lot more powerful to hear someone outside of your family tell you that you stink, especially for a teen whose world revolves around peer relationships, than it is for your mom to tell you to take a shower. As hard as it is, sometimes you need to let kids experience the uncomfortable natural consequences which can help motivate them to change. Full story.

Most of the time, you can talk to them about what is going on to be sure you are not all knotted up in a power struggle. Puberty and personal hygiene for teenagers can certainly be grounds for struggles. It just doesn’t need to be. Don’t even be derogatory about their appearance. Here are some great tweets that show a good attitude towards the personal hygiene of teenagers.



So what IS a parent to do about personal hygiene for teenagers? Be sure you have all the necessary hygiene tools for them, soap, deodorant, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste on hand is a good start.

If, however, you want more tips that might be more suited to your situation, click here for immediate results for you on this dilemma.

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Julie is an awesome parent (along with her husband Matt) to five adopted kiddos and the owner of the Parenting Allies website.

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  1. I started teaching my kids about personal hygiene as early as 4 years old. But sometimes It really cannot avoid to tell them again and again about being clean so I let them experience the consequences of not being clean so they learn the important of this by their own experience. 🙂
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  2. Danyelle Franciosa says:

    Personal hygiene is very important thing that teenager should know and a must. Some teens won’t mind personal hygiene for they don’t understand and know how important it it. Moms are responsible for this.
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    • As a mom of 4 stinky boys, 2 do great hygiene and 2 go kicking and screaming to the shower. I have to wage my battles for sure and find with one, I let peer pressure more than mom pressure take over. Because I can get that boy to the water, but I can’t make him wash with soap! 😉

  3. hahaha I read that opening line and giggled like a schoolgirl 🙂 Smelly teenagers

    Thankfully, my teeenage stepson is very focused on skin care and personal hygiene. Probably more so that’s been brought about by his mother than his teenage instincts. He’s pretty practical too so we diplomatically point of facial zits when he’s consumed too much junk food and he cuts back on his own – we’re pretty grateful for that.

    It really is a matter of positive reinforcement though, don’t you think?
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