As my son gets ready to start a new school year, I have the opportunity to help him make it a fresh start. I hope you’ve followed our Back To School Shopping for sneakers and how we choose outfits, which are not only great but feel super comfortable!
Having a teen means understanding mood swings, supporting without stepping beyond their newly developed comfort zone, mostly no more kisses and hugs in public and definitely no pictures of them on Instagram, because their friends may follow you! But having a teen also means helping them stay fresh all day long!
My son has always been super tall and mature as far as body development – he’s only 14 and 6’5″! So it is my job to help him navigate through body changes – like hair, odors, voice changing, along with tips to help him feel confident around his peers!
We’ve also developed a couple rules at our house to deal with things we can control, to help reduce the thousands of loads of laundry, weird smells and moldy backpacks. I want to share them with you, hoping they will help you deal with the same issues in an easier way:
Back To School Tips For Teens or Tweens
Every Friday he is rewarded with money for his online game if:
· He brings the gym bag back home – he has gym every day
· He showers, brushes his teeth and applies deodorant without being asked
· He picks up his clothes from the floor and places them in the hamper
· He leaves his shoes and backpack in the mudroom area, not all over the house
We created a checklist; sometimes it’s more like a mental checklist and I go over it with him at night.
For him, the most important habits were the ones related to showering and using deodorant to get rid of the new odors his body was producing, but he was fighting to admit! Who has a teen and hasn’t heard the question: “why do I have to take a shower?”, “Why do I have to put deodorant on?”?
So let’s talk about that! We felt it was our job to educate him with love and reward him in the early stages to guarantee the success of our plan!
He added a new habit himself, which was to leave an AXE Signature Antiperspirant Dry Spray in the car! I personally loved this idea!
My son hates the “wet deodorant”, the stick type, so we’ve found that AXE Antiperspirant Dry Spray, after the shower was a great option for him! He just applies it to his underarms and stays dry and has sweat protection for up to 48 hours. If he’s going out, to complement the antiperspirant dry spray and make him smell fresh all day, we love that he uses AXE YOU Body Spray.
So a funny thing is, right after we bought the body spray, our son didn’t know how or when to use it vs. dry spray. The fact is 64% of young guys think body spray and dry spray are the same thing and that they should apply body spray to their underarms*.
Body spray actually goes on your body to keep you smelling fresh, and dry spray goes under your arms to keep you dry.Watch this fun video, to understand what I mean! AXE
I taught him a little trick: spray the AXE YOU Body Spray across his chest in “7” motion and only spray AXE as long as it takes to say the word “AXE.”. Easy right?
He started basketball practice three weeks ago, so we had one more reason in this hot summer, to ask him to use AXE dry spray and body spray to stay dry and fresh.
Back to School is just around the corner, so this is our game plan and tips for you, those who also have a teen and want to better navigate this time:
· Continue to enforce and reward the rules we established last year
· Make sure our son continues to work on good habits developed last year or help him to start new ones, like having an extra dry spray in the gym bag, for practice after school
· Help and guide him through this time where each change brings something new to him, because changes go way beyond new odors and body changes.
I hope my tips help you start a successful and new back to school season! After all, it’s always good to clear the air and bring a fresh look at things! To learn more, visit AXE.com.
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* Citation: *Ipsos Body Spray Drivers and Barriers, 2017 or Ipsos, 2017