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#1 weep er

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 08:00 PM

Shirts on inside out and backwards.
Doesn’t brush his teeth or fully wash his hair.
Spills everything. Always a stain on his shirt, pants, etc.

He’s physically sprouting up so quickly but he’s still acting so young. This is so awkward to watch.

Please tell me he will start to take care of his own hygiene at some point.

I have been saying these things for YEARS. Jesus Christ. He’s going into 6th grade.
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#2 ER Pemberton

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 08:01 PM

He will. He'll take more showers in a day than you expect... at some point. All kids go through that weird stage. Just be the good mom you are & he'll be good.

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 08:04 PM

He’s oblivious, too, just like his father! He’s kinda turning into a big oaf right before my eyes.

That’s the way I imagine several PH members to be in real life. :P

Edited by weep er, 13 August 2019 - 08:04 PM.

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 08:04 PM

He will. He'll take more showers in a day than you expect... at some point. All kids go through that weird stage. Just be the good mom you are & he'll be good.

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#5 ER Pemberton

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 08:06 PM

He’s oblivious, too, just like his father! He’s kinda turning into a big oaf right before my eyes.

That’s the way I imagine several PH members to be in real life. :P

Bumbling around the house, knocking things over. That's a male for you. Probably most of the PH. Bumbling, burping, questionable scratching. It's the potpourri of manliness. :D

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 08:07 PM

Bumbling around the house, knocking things over. That's a male for you. Probably most of the PH. Bumbling, burping, questionable scratching. It's the potpourri of manliness. :D

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 08:07 PM

Shirts on inside out and backwards.
Doesn’t brush his teeth or fully wash his hair.
Spills everything. Always a stain on his shirt, pants, etc.

He’s physically sprouting up so quickly but he’s still acting so young. This is so awkward to watch.

Please tell me he will start to take care of his own hygiene at some point.

I have been saying these things for YEARS. Jesus Christ. He’s going into 6th grade.

 

 

You're raising a boy.  What did you expect?


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#8 ER Pemberton

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 08:08 PM

You're raising a boy.  What did you expect?

Exactly.

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 08:09 PM

I don’t remember my brothers doing this. I was probably too busy being responsible and studious.
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Posted 13 August 2019 - 08:11 PM

I wouldn't even start worrying about the kid getting his shit together until midway through HS.


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#11 weep er

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 08:12 PM

Well what the feck, he’s not planning on brushing his teeth for 4 years?

These gd kids
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Posted 13 August 2019 - 08:18 PM

Yeah.  I didn't really brush my teeth around that age.


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#13 ER Pemberton

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 08:20 PM

Show him "The Big British Book of Smiles" and tell him that's what will happen to him if he doesn't find some good dental hygiene. :D

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 09:10 PM

I have joked about making a t shirt for my 10yo that says "I hate hygiene"
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Posted 13 August 2019 - 09:14 PM

Just do what I do to the dogs, rub an unused bounce dryer sheet all over him, he will smell like a million bucks.(or at least like a dryer sheet.
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Posted 13 August 2019 - 10:17 PM

Or, use a bottle of ferbreeze and do spritz correction like your trying to keep cats out of the plants and off tables/counters!
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Posted 14 August 2019 - 05:06 AM

I have an 11 year old and an 8 year old in the same room. Smells like a dairy farm in there.
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Posted 14 August 2019 - 05:08 AM

I'm going to go against the grain here.  You know I only had girls, so you can take that into consideration, but IMO if he's not ready to care for his hygiene on his own keep track of it yourself until he IS able.  You're going to be hampered by the half-time status, but I'd still be making him bathe and brush on a civilized schedule like he is five instead of eleven.  And deodorant, for God's sake.

 

The window in middle school is very small to get a 'gross kid' label that will follow him until the end of school. Nip it.



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Posted 14 August 2019 - 05:48 AM

I'm going to go against the grain here. You know I only had girls, so you can take that into consideration, but IMO if he's not ready to care for his hygiene on his own keep track of it yourself until he IS able. You're going to be hampered by the half-time status, but I'd still be making him bathe and brush on a civilized schedule like he is five instead of eleven. And deodorant, for God's sake.

The window in middle school is very small to get a 'gross kid' label that will follow him until the end of school. Nip it.


I agree here. I have a 9 year old boy and we are on his ass about self care and care of his stuff. I think it translates to a lot of other positives as well. Good habits and all of that.
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Posted 14 August 2019 - 05:54 AM



I have been saying these things for YEARS. Jesus Christ. He’s going into 6th grade.

you need to micro manage this stuff till it sticks
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