Your 8 1/2-year-old: Keeping clean

Your 8 1/2-year-old: Keeping clean

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Your 8-year-old now

Boys and girls can definitely handle their own showers or baths now, but you may still need to be involved in a few ways. Demonstrate how little shampoo, conditioner, or body wash are actually needed – kids tend to overestimate. And time showers to make sure they're not too long. Some kids get carried away and waste water.

At this age, there's usually little body odor from sweating, but it is possible as your child matures. Deodorant is safe to use (ideally without antiperspirant so your child can still sweat to cool down the body. Provide nail clippers (you may need to help with clipping your child's dominant hand).

Girls may want to shave their legs or pluck their eyebrows. It's your call, but point out that once they start down this path, they need to do regular maintenance. There's nothing wrong with saying "You're too young" if that's what you believe and setting limits.

One argument holds that the later a girl focuses on her appearance in these ways, the less self-critical she's liable to be. She may complain that her friends all do these things, but this is a good opportunity to let her know that she doesn't always need to march in lockstep with peers. (Besides, it's unlikely all her friends shave and pluck.)

Uncircumcised boys should know the correct way to keep the foreskin area of the penis clean.

Be sure your child knows to change underwear daily. It sounds obvious, but some kids don't think to do this.

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Hugging is good for kids – even after they protest they're "too old for that." Although opportunities for snuggling may seem fewer and farther between as your child grows too big for your lap, there are ways to sneak hugs into her day.

Some families make a quick hug part of their good morning and goodnight routines. (Touch-resistant kids are often most open to cuddling when they're not quite awake or sleepy.)

Try to incorporate hugs into your expressions of gratitude or congratulations. Hugs after reprimands are a nice way to transition to a clean slate.

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