Well a couple of weekends ago I happened to notice that my 7 year old daughter shall we say smelt a little, trouble is I wasn't quite sure how to tell her, I mean I wasn't really prepared for this part of her growing up just yet, in my head I was thinking that my 9 year old hasn't even hit puberty yet so this really shouldn't be happening…..
It is in the name isn't it, personal hygiene, its just that it is personal and you don't want to offend anyone especially when it's a family member.
In the end I kind of bit the bullet and took her aside explaining that as we get older our sweat begins to get an smell about it that isn't so nice, this means that we have to take care of ourselves, making sure to wash properly especially under our arms and round our private parts as otherwise even our clothes can start to smell when the sweat touches them.
Turns out she was quite proud of the fact that she had reached this stage in her life as it meant she could start using deodrant like mummy so off she went to show off to her older sister that she smelt (I'm sure she was meant to be a boy).
Well go figure I was wrong about my 9 year old not stinking because this caused her to have a sniff at her armpits and she did indeed whiff a bit, no offence to her.
So last Saturday saw us picking out roller ball deodrants and body sprays, aaaa I remember the days of using Impulse. Another discussion was then needed afterwards, talking of their new daily routine, making sure not to forget to put the deodrant on after washing, remembering to put clothes in the wash after wearing them as mine have been known to sneakily hang things back up in their wardrobes after use.
I honestly can't believe how quick my girls are growing up, I thought I still had atleast a couple more years before puberty started to occur, I mean I now have periods to look forward, yay (you can hear my sarcasm right). And I atleast thought it would happen from oldest to youngest, I didn't think they'd be syncing up from such a young age.
Oh the joys of growing up.
What age did your children hit puberty??
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