When I was a young boy of 12 years old, I thought girls were three things: prissy, yucky and confusing. I am now a dad of two young girls, the oldest of which is 12 and my views of changed. They are still confusion. They are not yucky,; at least my two aren’t. And most of all, for better or for worse, they are far from prissy. As a matter of fact, they are kind of stinky.
A regular source of debate in our house over the past year has been who to get our 12 year old daughter to care about her personal hygiene. In 12 years, I am not sure she has every initiated a hair wash without us harassing her. She does bathe, but think it is more because Canada gets cold in the winter and we don;t own a hot tub than out of any real desire for cleanliness. Her clothing… she wears a uniform to school, but on her own time she would wear the same jeans and T-shirt everyday, that were too small for her 2 years ago but are really, really, really comfortable.
So what do we do? The last thing we want is to have our daughter become obsessed with her looks, but we wish she would care… at least a little. Advice?