Thank you, AXE®, for sponsoring this straight-talk moment with our active teens! Starting a new school with confidence and tips for staying fresh while having fun. All opinions are my own.
My boys. They hold a special place in this momma’s heart. They are so easy going and chill and are such GOOD boys. They are also the best of friends, do everything together, and have really stuck together during this cross-country move. They will both be starting at a new school in a new state as 6th and 8th graders. I told them that at least they’d each know one person at school on their first day… each other!
When Dallin started middle school two years ago we had a discussion about personal hygiene. He was 12, had just gone through the health unit in the 5th grade, and was wondering if he should start wearing deodorant. At that time, we also noticed him showering on his own without reminders. WHAT?!? Now he’s big on styling his hair, showering daily, and :::gasp::: occasionally needs to shave. He loves how I constantly bring up how he’s changing during these years, ha! Puberty is already awkward, why not add to it by telling your son how cute he is?
Now Aaron is at that stage. He’s in middle school, started wearing deodorant, and SOMETIMES will shower on his own, but not usually. We recently had the same discussion with him about these years and gave him a few simple tips on staying fresh without having to dedicate too much attention to it.
- Shower often. We told him that he doesn’t need to shower every day, unless he feels like he needs to, but encouraged him to pay close attention to the days that he is more active and perspires more.
- Keep nails clean. This is one of my pet peeves. Dirty fingernails. We discussed how the dirt that gets under your nails makes the body unhygienic and when the nails aren’t trimmed regularly, that bacteria can get inside as well. Aaron recently kicked the habit of biting his nails so the fact that he needs to trim them now is such a GREAT THING!
- Brush teeth at least 2x a day. We bought the boys electric toothbrushes last year and they’ve really helped keep their teeth cleaner. Especially with braces. I often have to remind the kids to brush first thing in the morning because they seem to think that they only need to brush after they have a meal. And mine like to skip breakfast and will head out the door with morning breath. That’s not okay.
- Wear deodorant or antiperspirant daily. It’s always a bit awkward hinting to your teen that they might want to start wearing deodorant/antiperspirant. You don’t want to tell them that they stink, but also kind of want to tell them that they stink.
- Bring gym clothes home. This seems self-explanatory, but I remember sometimes forgetting to bring mine home in high school—and I was a clean freak! They change for PE in middle school so will need the boys to bring their clothes home to wash every Friday.
- Wash your face while in the shower. My boys both have pretty clear complexions, for the most part, but I remember Dallin coming downstairs a couple of years ago and saying, “WHAT IS THIS?” That, my son, is a pimple. Welcome to your teen years.
My favorite feature in our new house is the kids’ bathroom. All four of them share, but now there are DOUBLE SINKS and a DOUBLE VANITY. Plenty of cupboard space, drawers, and counter space for all. Identical sides, one for the girls and one for the boys. I put together a “morning essentials” kit to keep on the boys’ side of the bathroom with everything they need to stay fresh all-day long. It was a subtle reminder in plain sight to use these items on a regular basis.
The little canvas tote is washable and just the right size for a spray bottle, comb, hair sculpting cream, body spray and antiperspirant, with small side pockets for nail clippers and floss. They keep their toothpaste and toothbrush in a holder off to the side.
The first time Dallin used an antiperspirant stick, he told me it felt a bit sticky. Apparently, he used it while taking a shower! I tried not to die laughing. I figured he’d seen us use it, on occasion, and knew to use it after getting out of the shower. Don’t assume anything. It was a great teaching moment that led to a few tips on other things that boys might not know.
1 in 2 guys think that they should apply body spray to their underarms and 64% of young guys think body spray and dry spray are the same thing. They aren’t. (*Ipsos Body Spray Drivers and Barriers, 2017 or Ipsos, 2017)
Antiperspirant (dry spray) is to be used in the underarm area. To stay dry, we told them to simply apply AXE® Signature Gold Dry Spray or AXE Signature Night Dry Spray antiperspirant under their arms for sweat protection (in place of an antiperspirant stick). I like the AXE dry spray antiperspirant for the boys because, not only does it keep them dry for 48 hours, it also doesn’t leave white marks on clothing and it isn’t sticky.
We also shared with the boys that to stay fresh all day long, simply apply AXE YOU Body Spray in a “7” motion across your chest, and for only as long as it takes to say the word “AXE.” We talked about not using too much spray, and that a quick “7” motion is plenty for all day freshness.
And if your boys want a quick and informative laugh to break up any awkwardness of this conversation you can watch this commercial.
AXE has an entire line of morning essential products for teen boys. Dallin uses their hair products as well. To learn more about AXE and the proper usage of its products, visit axe.com.
A new state, a new home, and a new school. They have new backpacks, school supplies, clothes, and the essentials to stay fresh and confident. But most importantly they have each other.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of AXE.