Prison Rules

***Spoiler Alert***
If you have a cute, sweet , clean little boy under the age of 10, stop reading. Enjoy the years you have.

A few weeks ago we instituted some new rules in the house for my son.
We’d started noticing an odor.
I know it seems I’m obsessed with smells – and I am – but this wasn’t just my disfunction. Other, more balanced moms were also going through it with their sons.
For some strange reason, 10 year old boys are hygiene averse.
Averse is the wrong word.
Oblivious. Completely clueless.
My son would walk out of a “shower” with dry hair and a dry back.
Do you understand what I’m saying?
He didn’t even turn around!!
You blame yourself.
Maybe I never taught him to shower, you think. Maybe I never introduced him to soap?
My oldest is a girl. At 10 she would take two showers some days. I remember her smelling like vanilla all the time. Did I teach her about showers and not him? And brushing your teeth? With toothpaste?
We took him aside and explained how important cleanliness was. Bought him a “big boy” deodorant.
We tried humiliation as a last resort.
Nothing changed.
So – on the advice of some other moms – this is how we roll now.
All showers happen with the door open and in our bathroom.
The shower must be longer than a minute.
Hair will be checked/smelled after for shampoo use.
Brushing teeth happens only in our bathroom so we can do a brush and mouth check.
Clothing must be worn right side out.
Socks must be changed daily, I don’t care how cool the neon green ones are.
No food of any kind is permitted in the bathroom.
You have two choices – clip your nails or paint them.
Make friends with a Qtip. Good friends.
Lights out at 9.
Here he is heading back to his cell.. er..room last night.

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. coversaralea
    Mar 26, 2014 @ 15:00:36

    LOL!!! I love this! I have the same thing going on in my house, with my 9 year old!

    Reply

  2. Jim
    Mar 26, 2014 @ 16:50:37

    Some of this reluctance to proper grooming will abate in a few years with the discovery by your son that girls are not icky at all,but rather cute! Good Luck

    Reply

  3. Kerry's Organized Chaos
    Mar 26, 2014 @ 17:44:29

    Ha! So true. I have an 11 year old. Everything smells…and he likes to wear socks days in a row! YUCK!

    Reply

  4. Sharon Chapman
    Apr 08, 2014 @ 09:18:09

    Buy more neon green socks!

    Reply

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