General Hygiene for 10yr olds
05/29/2011 at 13:05 PM

I am having a HORRIBLE time with getting my daughter to pay attention to her hygiene. Her teacher has even said to us that her classmates do not want to partner with her or sit by her because she smells. Her breath in particular. We have to make her shower every night- which gets to be a fight... we fight to get her to brush her teeth EVERY day. We have tried everything from using money for incentive to punishments. I have had heart to heart talks with her, bought different products to make brushing fun, used a timer, and I have taken her to a dentist to talk with her. She now has to bring me her toothbrush so I can approve the amount of toothpaste- otherwise she won't even use toothpaste (I even bought her different flavors) I have gotten to the point that I refuse to take her to the dentist if she will not take care of her teeth herself.. She already has had 4 teeth pulled, spacers put in, and 3 crowns (on baby teeth) and going through all of that still didn't help! Any suggestions? I hate to say- she can stink you out of a car- life is going to be tough if we can't fix this- soon! She just does not seem to have any sense of taking care of herself- even after I show her that all of us do these things (shower, brush hair and teeth)... I get sooo frustrated- my 2 yr old has better hygiene- and I don't know how to get past this without hurting her self esteem.