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After years of bathing your children, washing their hair and supervising tooth brushing to ensure they are squeaky clean from head to toe; teen years approach and it’s time to let them loose.

What is a mother to do?

Boys especially can be lazy so it’s important to start the education process early before puberty hits at around age 10-12.

Be mindful that all children develop at different stages and of the difference between the needs of boys and girls.

Here are some helpful tips to help correct the wrongs into rights to help guide teens into having a great personal care routine of their own:

Ten do’s & don’ts of teen hygiene

  1. Do go out and buy them their own teen products. These products are developed especially for hormonal teenage skin and changing body development. For boys try 808 Dude and the girls Harmonis Kiss. Both Australian and natural.
  2. Do show them how to use the products step-by-step. If it is washing their face, explain how much to use and whether to apply to a wet or dry face and suggest using a face cloth.
  3. Do check in on them occasionally and ask how they are going. Be aware that if they are starting to experience pimples it can affect them emotionally. Choose natural skincare as opposed to chemical products as they tend to strip the skin of moisture and can cause all sorts of problems down the road such as sun sensitivity.

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  4. Do explain the reason why they smell (i.e. bacteria dying off creates the stink around their sweat glands) and how to prevent it by washing and using deodorant.
  5. Do remind them to brush their teeth every night. As teens stay up later, they often go to bed and fall asleep without brushing their teeth. Make it a rule they brush their teeth before hopping into bed.
  6. Don’t assume your teens will ask for what they actually need. Advertising of male spray products influences them and is not ideal for their developing bodies as they are full of chemicals.
  7. Don’t assume they know how to use the products correctly. Explain the concept of the size of a 50 cent piece when pouring out shampoo.
  8. Don’t assume that just because there’s a lot of product in the shower that your son or daughter will use it correctly. Often it is too confusing so they’ll use nothing. By giving them a teen product they can identify with, they will more likely use it.
  9. Don’t assume they’ll tell you when they run out. Always keep spare product in the cupboard.
  10. Don’t use negative language. Reinforce how nice they smell after a shower of how good their hair is looking.

Have you ever had a challenge with your teens’ hygiene? How have you overcome this, please share in the comments below.

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  • Can’t wait for my son to hit the teen years ????

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  • I loved this article and can vouch, once I started using more positive and decorative language my teenage son reposted alot better.

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  • I love all these suggestions, unfortunately they dont work on my step teen who refuses to shower.

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  • Great tips, it’s very hard convincing a pre teen or teen that you have to have good hygiene

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  • We aren’t at that stage yet but some excellent tips here. I didn’t realise there are specific teen products for a reason.

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  • having teenagers can be tough – thanks for the tips!

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  • It is a huge transition, we are going through it at the moment

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  • My tweens (b/g twins) were both given packs at the start of the year. I made up the packs of everything I thought they would need for their body changes.

    The boy needs reminding lots. The girl is consistent with her routine.

    Double trouble the next few years for me

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  • I found that I had to keep reminding my daughter to let me know when a product was nearly finished so that I could buy a replacement.

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  • This is very useful. You won’t believe how many parents don’t explain or teach their kids how to stay clean, we actually have a course for it in their pastoral care classes.

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  • This is really helpful. My boys are not teens yet but they’re getting close and smelling that way too. My concern is that they’ll be too lazy to maintain many hygiene habits and I’ll find it so hard not to nag.

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  • Great tips to help your teen. I have showed my sister this to help her with her teenagers, my son isnt there yet!

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  • Great tips , I agree so much that you have to check the bottles in the shower, make sure there is shampoo and shower gel left.

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  • My son is a “pre-teen” and we have given him a lot of independence when it comes to his showers etc. I still have to tell him to go shower, check in to see he is washing properly, but hopefully we will get there. These are great tips and definitely will keep them in mind when we hit the twen years late next year.

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  • My 13 year old hates showers! It is a struggle for her to do it!

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