Kids and Hygiene: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

“Honey, let’s go, we’re going to be late!” You sigh in relief as you hear the pitter-patter of little feet running to the front door — only to grimace again as you see that your child’s hair hasn’t seen a comb in days.

What am I going to do? They’re going to be a laughingstock at school… but there’s no time. We’re already late.

You sigh again, this time out of resignation. When will they ever learn to look presentable? you worry to yourself as you slough out the door.

Well, worry no more. Today’s video is for you.


(If you can’t see the video, click here to watch it. Or, click here to see a full transcript of the interview.)

Today’s video is all about hygiene and how to deal with kids who care about it a little less than you do. Here are a few highlights:

What do I do when my kids go out the door looking like a mess?

  1. Remind myself that my child’s appearance is their responsibility, not mine.
  2. Make sure to communicate that I love my child no matter how they decide to look!
  3. Talk proactively with my children to help guide their decisions about how they would like to look when they leave the house.
  4. Support my children as they assume responsibility for deciding about their own appearance.

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