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I have just washed the face, hands and feet of a fourteen year old boy

(37 Posts)
jinglbellsfrocks Wed 30-Mar-16 10:02:35

Is this normal?

He is not academically challenged.

Bellanonna Wed 30-Mar-16 10:06:35

Why? confused

tanith Wed 30-Mar-16 10:08:13

In my World its not normal. confused

Synonymous Wed 30-Mar-16 10:14:20

Sometimes they just need these sorts of things and they will never forget that you did it for them either. hmm

rosesarered Wed 30-Mar-16 10:19:34

If this is not a special needs boy, then why did you have to do this jingl?

jinglbellsfrocks Wed 30-Mar-16 10:41:58

Oh flip! I didn't mean this to be taken seriously.

Am I the only one with a teenage GS afflicted with a bad case of holiday shower avoidance? confused

jinglbellsfrocks Wed 30-Mar-16 10:42:36

The younger one's not much better.

Elegran Wed 30-Mar-16 10:43:02

Was it to make sure that they were actually clean to your standards (not his?)

mollie Wed 30-Mar-16 10:53:49

You were lucky to get a 14 year old boy to stand still long enough in my opinion. When mine were 14 they were already far taller than me and much too strong for me to think of washing forcibly. They might have needed it, mind!

MiniMouse Wed 30-Mar-16 11:16:29

jingl that really made me LOL. I can just picture you doing it and the terrified look on GS's face grin He'd be so traumatised that he'd need therapy afterwards wink I think Cleanliness Aversion is all part of the initiation for some boy teenagers - apologies for sexist remark.

pensionpat Wed 30-Mar-16 11:19:00

I try not to notice if it's school holidays. I am not on duty until term starts. You could grow things under his nails though.

Synonymous Wed 30-Mar-16 11:20:10

Jings as I said earlier! He will not forget! grin

Precisely Minimouse!

jinglbellsfrocks Wed 30-Mar-16 12:31:30

I swear his face is several shads paler now. And not just from the shock of it.

He was surprisingly docile over the whole thing. I was amazed. grin

Luckygirl Wed 30-Mar-16 12:32:06

Sounds a bit like Maundy Thursday!

Marelli Wed 30-Mar-16 12:44:32

In many years to come, he will regale his own children about this, jingl. I do hope his friends were nearby..... wink!

Synonymous Wed 30-Mar-16 12:48:10

Jings perhaps you are scarier than you think! grin

Greyduster Wed 30-Mar-16 12:51:47

My grandson, 9, has a shower every morning, but last time he was over with us, I happened to look in his ears and was appalled at how dirty they were! You could have grown potatoes in there. I wonder if DD actually looks at them. She doesn't supervise his showering any more. I asked him if he ever washed his ears, and he looked totally bemused, as if this was an alien concept - which it obviously was! I then spent fifteen minutes chasing him round the house in order to sort the matter out. His idea of washing his hands is to squirt copious amounts of hand wash on and then immediately rinse it off down the sink without any washing action at all. I dread to think what he'll be like at fourteen!

Alima Wed 30-Mar-16 12:58:48

I thought that this was some sort of religious thing at first. You are very brave going anywhere near a 14 year old boy's feet IMO.

ninathenana Wed 30-Mar-16 13:39:10

Not unusual for a 14 yr old boy to need it but I don't think I would do it.
I think a lot of children don't get shown how to wash properly. GS (nearly 7) has a bath every night but whenever he's at mine I have to scrub his finger nails.

aggie Wed 30-Mar-16 13:48:26

DS3 was caught out running the shower but not actually stepping in to it ! He was about 10 , when he hit 14 he was a shower addict !

Anya Wed 30-Mar-16 15:36:19


Anya Wed 30-Mar-16 15:37:09

Were you wearing Marigolds?

TriciaF Wed 30-Mar-16 18:31:40

He won't dare tell his friends -
"Why are you looking so pale, .....(soandso)?"
"Er .... well, I have a date tonight " grin

Pittcity Wed 30-Mar-16 19:53:39

I have a 14 year old who empties the hot water tank and half a bottle of bubbles into the bath every night. He gets into the bath with his iPad and the water is let out about 5 minutes later. A soaked towel is found on his bedroom floor later. What happens in the bathroom is a mystery!

Jalima Wed 30-Mar-16 20:01:53

When DS was about the same age he used to have a bath regularly but I realised that he obviously never washed his neck when I noticed a tide mark round it grin