Boys don’t like to shower. All boy moms have been there. After passing the phase of tub baths, where all the pleasure was in playing in water with their toys, getting themselves clean is of no interest to boys. It’s usually during the elementary to the beginning of middle school years. At the onset of puberty, they tend to become more self-conscious about appearance and hygiene because they start becoming interested in girls. Boys don’t like to shower. They whine, complain and sometimes even lie about showering. And when they do shower, they skim over the details. So how do we deal with this? How do we instill the importance of good hygiene?
Here are four ways to help boys who don’t like to shower
1. Make a routine
Kids in general function better when they know what to expect, hence the advantage of a routine. When boys don’t like to shower, it’s best to get it out of the way as soon as possible. Or draft it into a particular time of day so that it becomes a habit. In my home, we shower as soon as we get home. So, you get home from school, shower then get other stuff done. This helps to eliminate the complaining, as showering is done before snack, homework, and the inevitable request for screen time.
2. Have a health talk
Kids like to know why. They cooperate more when they have an understanding of why they need to do things. Take the time to explain how showering helps their skin. How being clean can prevent illnesses. Do not skip the importance of caring for their penis. Let them know that not cleaning their penis can lead to serious problems.
3. Explain social consequences
No child wants to be an outcast or shunned. It would be great to explain to them that it’s no fun being around smelly persons. Ask them the question, would you want to play with someone who constantly smells bad? The answer will be a resounding no! Just ask them to put themselves in another kid’s shoes.
4. Make it a rule
When all else fails make it a rule. Nobody goes to bed without taking a shower. Similar to no eating in the bedroom or no phones at the dinner table. When it becomes a rule, you then have the power to enforce it with all the appropriate consequences.
We boy moms have a hard time. We get lots of extra hugs and kisses, but they often are accompanied with dirt and grime. We learn to roll with the punches. We learn to accept that some of our boys don’t like to shower. Right now, I’m dealing with sweaty soccer gear, but that’s a topic for another article!
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