Originally Posted by Kiz
Cultural differences or not I find the idea of only bathing your kids once or twice a week rather shocking. That's dirty, it's like not washing your hands after you go to the toilet. You need to get the kids into a good routine of hygiene, surely?
To Glycine yes I do think you kids would feel a whole lot worse if they only bathed once a week. Yes, I feel horrible if I don't shower every day. I shower every single morning, I don't feel quite human if I don't, and sometimes a nice hot bath at night if I've had a stressful or dirty day. If I don't feel right if I don't shower I can't see why a child would feel any different. It just strikes me as odd that an adult would never go even a day without a shower but they'd let their child go a week.
Wow...where do I start?
For one thing, not bathing daily is not the same as not washing your hands after using the toilet. My kids wash their hands after using the potty, before meals, after meals, and even after we've been out in a public place. I wash the food off their faces, hands, arms, and wherever else it might have gotten after every meal.
For another, not all adults shower every day - I don't! I shower every other day and I know lots of people who are in this type of schedule. In some cultures people bathe a lot less frequently than that.
And lastly, young children's bodies are not like adults. They don't sweat and get B.O. like adults do. Even after 3 days my kids don't smell - if they did I would have bathed them earlier! The only exception to this is the summertime, when I have put sunscreen all over them and they've run around in the hot sun and gotten dirt and grime all over them. Of course I'll bathe them if they're dirty. But in the colder months, it just isn't necessary, and honestly I think over-bathing wouldn't be good for their skin.