I said “WHAT is that smell? Did someone go to Sonic (and not invite me) and leave food in the car?”
My older daughter admitted that she probably needed a shower.
In her defense, she’d just had dance class. THE DAY BEFORE.
Both my tweens are blossoming into young women. I noticed my youngest had that odor we call “onion armpits” as early as seven.
I’ve bought them both deodorant, but I suppose there’s more to having them smell fresh and clean than just making the purchase.
We had a talk in the car today (with the windows down) about good hygiene. It was a good talk. I learned my girls didn’t realize deodorant needed to be applied to underarms that are
- clean, and also
- and that it needs to happen daily, not weekly.
I’ve been through this stage twice before with my now-teen boys. It was way easier because my older son is naturally fastidious and my younger son has just never been very stinky.
I’ve found the best conversations with my tweens and teens take place in the car. They like it because I can’t make eye contact and I like it because they can’t escape or stare at a screen.
Here’s a screen for you to stare at.
This is part of Unilever’s “Don’t Fret the Sweat” campaign.
Check out Don’t Fret the Sweat on Facebook. They have a matchmaker that will help you and your child pick a deodorant that will help him or her stay fresh and confident and help you not gag in close quarters.
I like some of the new choices they are marketing to tweens. Some have a matching, light body spray. Others are for sensitive skin or contain more natural ingredients.
Better than when I was twelve and had to use my grandmother’s bottle of roll-on Tussy. That will scar a girl.
I’m a member of the One2One marking network. I was not perk’d or paid to write this post, but I am entered into a giveaway. My integrity is important to me and these opinions are mine alone.