120: Hygiene Help for Tween & Teen Boys
Published July 19, 2018
29 min
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    The shower at Jen's house

    Have a boy who hates to shower?

    You are not alone!

    When a mom recently asked the Building Boys Facebook group, "Anyone else have a teenage boy who hates to shower?" she was quickly inundated with support and sympathy.

    Personal hygiene, it seems, is not a priority for most tween and teen boys.

    Lots of moms said they're dealing with the exact same issue. Others said that their boys spend a lot of time in the shower, but come out with unwashed, still-dirty hair.

    Is this lack of interest in appearance and, um, smell, merely a stage that will resolve without intervention?

    Or should parents and teachers take a more active role in teaching and reinforcing hygiene habits?

    Turns out, the best approach is actually a combination of those two strategies.
    In this episode, Jen & Janet discuss:

    * WHY some boys seems oblivious to their own stench
    * The essential role of 5th grade teachers in the hygiene battle
    * How colored liquid soap can help boys shower effectively
    * "Man soap" vs. "girly soap"
    * Axe bombs (Don't know what that is? Listen in at 12:41!)
    * When -- and how -- to have the hygiene talk
    * When boys should start using deodorant - & how to make sure your boys use it regularly (Listen carefully for Jen's pro tips!)
    * The role of role-modeling in personal hygiene
    * How to get the stench out of your boys' gym clothes and sports uniforms
    * Tooth brushing (Spoiler: Instill good tooth brushing habits when you boys are young!)
    * Hair care
    * How to combine male bonding and hygiene rituals (not as weird as it sounds!)

    Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 120:
    Boying Up: How to be Brave, Bold and Brilliant. by Mayim Bialik -- A great book to leave laying around the house. Includes detailed hygiene instructions for boys.

    Parenting Teen Boys Is... -- BuildingBoys post by Jen. Includes this pic:

    Why Do Teenagers Smell Bad? Study Suggests They May Be Unable to Detect Own Scent -- report of Danish research
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