Just read a post over at Big Mama’s and had to laugh. How many times have I told moms of preteen boys they will give up showers but not to worry? There will be a time you can’t get them out!
Our house rules were simple. When I realized they were not showering about the time they started to smell “Manly”. Okay, not quite yet but almost. Anyway, the rule was shower after any sporting event including practice. That pretty much covered all the days of the week except Sundays.
I added “MUST USE SOAP” when the eldest let it slip they were only passing through the water.
We had another one. We were fortunate we didn’t need to have rules about cursing or hitting or drugs or drinking. Actually, we were so blessed. But back to those rules we did have. This one also related to the gross factor. “NO spitting except on the ball field.” Why do guys think it is cool to spit? I do get the dust thing. Then I had to add an addendum. No spitting in front of ladies even if you are inside the lines!” Double gross!
It must have taken because when we went to East Asia and the boys basketball team spit on the court to the disgust of the boys, mine told them that wasn’t cool. And those TCK’s thought everyone every where spit on the basketball courts. No, you would get in big trouble for that.
Today, they buy hair products, lotion, deodorant and change clothes on a regular basis. Thank goodness!
So there you have it. I raised gentlemen!