bathtime/showers

my 13 yr old fights to take showers. We aim for every other day. When he does take them he usually doesn't scrub well. Any ideas on getting him to take them without arguing and actually get himself clean?

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4Marla
    03/20/14
    4Sabrina
    There comes a point where I think peer pressure will fix this issue. He knows as well as any other 13 year old that being a dirty smelly kid will get him teased.

    Just keep encouraging him, make sure he has clean clothes and a decent fashionable haircut, and take him to the store in case he wants to pick out some uber-cool extra-smelly body wash like Axe or whatever teenage boys want to use.
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      03/20/14
      Too bad he does not like taking showers that could be a plus for you. Does he enjoy taking a bath? Sometimes soaking is a good way to get rid of the grime! When all else fails threaten to turn the hose on him! Just kidding! Seriously... have a hygiene talk with him... we did this with my ten year old and it has worked... we stressed that she does not want to be the stinky child in school so bathing/showering is a must!
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        03/20/14
        You know what worked for me? Ban all electronics. Don't do it in a mean way but just let him know "It's time to take a shower. Until that gets done laptop, Ipad, phone (whatever he is in to) needs to go to my room. When you are done come get it out.

        You'll meet resistance and probably refusal until he gets that it's not worth the battle. As long as you can get him in regularly I wouldn't worry too much about how well he washes. He'll get everything clean at some point. ;)
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        03/21/14
        4Sabrina
        I have to do that with my 7 year old to get him to get in the bath. Once he gets in there though, I can't get him out!
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          03/20/14
          4Marla
          he doesn't have much of his own technology stuff. His mp3 player and tv are already gone. The game system in the house i already say who plays and when. But he isnt a big technology kid anyway. I would have to take away baseball or basketball or riding his bike. :( i think i am going to clear his room today of all his hunting and fishing stuff as those are his prize possessions and he can have one item back after each shower. A reward system of sorts of his own stuff . he doesn't care if he is the smelly kid. He gets teased at school sometimes because he has some mental issues that he cant control so I think not doing something is his way of having control. No-one said it would be easy but I would trade being a mom for anything. Thanks ladies!
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          A mom of 4 but always have extra kids in my house. I was a young, single mom starting my family at age 18. I just had my last baby at age 34. My husband adopted my oldest 2 children last year making my family complete.