I am suddenly in custody of a 9 year old girl. She never brushes her hair or teeth and at her age she needs to start learning about body odor control. How can I teach her and help her get into the habits she never created as a child? All without embarrassing her?
Answer by tootoobusy at 6:48 AM on Apr. 15, 2011
It sounds like you might have to embarrass her. I would have a talk with her about personal hygiene. If she did not do it herself I would make her do it, by force if I had too. Teaching is difficult sometimes.
Answer by louise2 at 6:55 AM on Apr. 15, 2011
Answer by smiley745 at 8:01 AM on Apr. 15, 2011
American Girl has a great collection of books called All About You. I got this for my DD who turned 9 in November. My DD is starting to go through puberty and it is a great book to read together. I don't think embarrassing her would be the way to go since you just started taking care of her and there might be trust issues. I think you need to talk with her and build that trust Show her the correct ways to do things and take time to teach her.
I know it is hard although it is going to take some time. I know the books really helped my DD because while she brushed her teeth every day and her hair the book talks about your body and the different changes as well as emotions.
Answer by cornflakegirl3 at 8:02 AM on Apr. 15, 2011
Answer by zoejains_momma at 8:10 AM on Apr. 15, 2011
Answer by tootoobusy at 8:29 AM on Apr. 15, 2011
Answer by elizabr at 8:30 AM on Apr. 15, 2011
Answer by slw123 at 8:32 AM on Apr. 15, 2011
Answer by brypmom at 9:15 AM on Apr. 15, 2011