...that kids vehemently resist things like nail clipping, bathing, hair cutting, teeth brushing, and on and on?
My son is just 26 months old but I am posting this in the Childhood forum because I suspect...fear...that this can and does go on with some kids well into their childhoods.
Ever since he was a baby ~at various ages did he develop aversions to the various things~ he has strongly resisted these regular hygiene practices. Each has its own story and ways of dealing with it. For example, I have to file his nails and cut his hair while he sleeps. The tooth brushing is not such a problem anymore but bathing is a whole story I will not even get into (we think it's related to an incident which he experienced as traumatic around water..). We have ruled out sensory processing disorder for all of this, and I think it's actually well in the range of normal. He is just sensitive and strong-willed about controlling his own body. Fair enough.
Anyway, I want to know what we might be in for here. What is the outer age limit that you may have heard of or experienced that a child will put up such resistance to these kinds of things? I think I have heard of kids resisting baths pretty much their entire childhoods, and also of parents who had to cut their kids' nails in their sleep until age 5 or 6.
I know I shouldn't even think of it like this and I try hard just to accept it, and in the meantime work on creative solutions and/or just relaxing with what is and focus on the good things...and that these are relatively small problems in the grand scheme of things. But I was just wondering....
Thanks for sharing your experiences!!