All posts tagged: preteen

Don’t Miss Out! Here’s Just What Your PreTeen Needs!

Spring has sprung and so have the family life talks at school! Here’s just what you need to go along with “all those talks” they are having at school — either in the classroom — or inevitably on the bus or at the lunch table.  Bork and his Real Deal book, along with Corky and her Whole Scoop, give growing girls and boys everything they need to know (but only what they need to know) about puberty and the basicsof reproduction.  With rave reviews from moms, you’ll find it a welcomed resource. Including all the basics told in a light-hearted and humorous way, these books “lighten” up and clarify all the information they are getting in school.  Check them out.  You’ll be glad you did!        

Does This SMELL Familiar?

I don’t know about you, but one minute I’m going about my daily business. And the next, I’m stopped…distracted by a SMELL. WHAT is THAT smell? I wonder to myself. And where is it coming from? Over there? No, wait, it’s here. It’s his shoes, and BOY DO THEY STINK!!     So, how do we help our preteens manage their potentially growing stink factor? Let’s start with a shower. While your preteen may not think he is dirty, those adult-like sweat glands are starting to work overtime to produce B.O. So even if a daily shower was not required in the past, your adolescent may have passed that milestone. Now he will need to shower, and shower often. What about deodorant? As our kids near 4th, 5th or 6th grade, our job is to gently introduce them to deodorant – and help them realize they have newly developing odors, and most importantly, that there are social impacts of those odors, especially if unmanaged. Make it a rite of passage. Go down the bath aisle. Open up their …