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Old 04-30-2020, 10:00 PM
 
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Not sure if this is a parenting topic or not, but it seems like the most appropriate place for this subject.
Anyway...

I really began showering as soon as I started middle school where showering became a mandatory thing every day after gym class. That's also when I began using deodorant shortly after.

Now, looking back on my childhood, I cannot believe how long I used to go between bathing. It was usually once or twice a week. Unless I just got really dirty for some reason.

So I think back to what I could have done differently. I could have at least had a two-minute shower every night. Not even using soap every time. Just a good rinsing would have been a good idea. If nothing else. Better than nothing, right?

What about you? Would you have done anything different if you were to return to childhood?
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Old 05-01-2020, 06:28 AM
 
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I don’t know when I started showering but my son is 5 and he takes a shower every night.

I started wearing deodorant at 12. Teen spirit. It smelled really good.
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Old 05-01-2020, 10:42 AM
 
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I was about 10 when I started asking if it was ok if I took a shower or a bath. Before that, I just waited until my mom said it was time to take a bath. I had 4 siblings, and we had a 1 bathroom house. It seemed necessary to ask for permission at first.
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Old 05-01-2020, 02:19 PM
 
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I recall showering every night when I was young; my parents were big on hygiene even at an early age.

I started to need deodorant around age 9. The first kind I wore was Secret with the powder scent. I was an early bloomer and started to need a bra around the same age.
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Old 05-01-2020, 02:28 PM
 
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I recall showering every night when I was young; my parents were big on hygiene even at an early age.

I started to need deodorant around age 9. The first kind I wore was Secret with the powder scent. I was an early bloomer and started to need a bra around the same age.

Same for me. Puberty makes a person smelly. LOL
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Old 05-01-2020, 05:56 PM
 
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Up until 7th grade (and starting to change for gym and shower afterward), I always took baths. My mother bought me my first deoderant then, as it was on the mandatory requirements list to have for gym (in addition to the hideous gym suit). Back then, I only kept that deoderant in my gym locker and used it only on gym days (twice a week).
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Old 05-03-2020, 09:40 AM
 
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I think I started showering when I was in high school. Before then, I preferred to take a bath. For deodorant, I think I was in junior high when I started wearing it.
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Old 05-03-2020, 01:27 PM
 
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Deodorant was probably 11/12? We got the puberty talk in 5th grade and they gave us a swag bag with pads and deodorant lol
Showering, probably Jr. High. I just always preferred baths and I will still take them to relax.
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Old 05-03-2020, 01:52 PM
 
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Cannot remember for my own age (71) but for my daughters (36 and 41) it was around 6. My Grandson is few weeks from that age and he now wants to do that himself.
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Old 05-03-2020, 01:56 PM
 
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Our area had a summer where water was limited. We had no choice. Showers saved water . So around age 9. Deodorant age 13.

My brothers were athletes from age ten on. Taking a shower twice a day for them was standard. Getting them to wear deodorant was rarely won. They said...it clogs my pores and makes more body odor. Between.the foot sneaker odor and body odor it was a real locker room fragrance permeating in our house.
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