Thursday, March 22, 2012

Did you put on your deodorant?

Last night, as I leaned in to give my shirtless 9-year-old a quick hug, my head jerked back. The smell of body odor hit me in the nose like a well-placed boxer's punch.

Doing what I do best, I googled "when do boys need deodorant" because 9 seems a little young to me.  Of course, the correct answer should be "whenever they start to stink",  but the more polite article I found stated that boys hit puberty between the ages of 9 - 14 and they should start wearing it then when they start to sweat.

This morning I made him put on some of his father's Speed Stick before he went to school.  He seemed excited to be wearing it.  But of course, I'm thinking that it's just one more thing to remember to remind him:

Did you brush your teeth?
Do you have on clean underwear?
Did you put on your deodorant?

The way time is moving, I'll be asking him if he remembered to pack his toothbrush, underwear and deodorant before he heads out the door to college.

 sniff sniff*

*Double entendre anyone?


Colleen said...

Wow you're a cool mom. I had to beg my mom for deoderant when I was about 12...she just thought of me as a little girl :)

My 9 year old still just smells like a wet dog when he comes home, so no deoderant needed, just a nightly shower!

Mari said...

He's growing up!

Wendy said...

Ah, deoderant! That's one thing I've been thinking about recently too for the 10 year old in our house. I've decided it can wait until his dad gets back home though because I can't remember one more thing!

Kimberly said...

As a teacher of puberty-enhanced children......thank you for buying deodorant for your boy!!! There's nothing like the stink of 20 pairs of underarms after recess to ruin your day! I often remind my students to wear their deo, especially this time of year!

deborah said...

He's such a cutie. The years seem to fly...

Anonymous said...

Oh how we love our smelly little boys!!


Jill Elaine said...

My oldest daughter needed deoderant pretty young. I'm so glad she finally wears it (most of the time) without me having to remind her anymore.