Personal Hygiene for Tween & Teen Boys
Published December 12, 2019
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    We initially ran this episode in July 2018. But we've gained a lot of followers since then and tween & teen boys have not suddenly gotten better at personal hygiene in the interim. If you're sick of fighting with your boy about hygiene, this episode is a must-listen.


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    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!)
    * BEING NEUTRAL!

    Links we mentioned (or should have) in this episode:
    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.

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

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