My little girl is 5 and by most respects cares about her appearance, likes her hair done, likes girly things, willingly cleans her room when asked, is a super sweet and helpful girl. All this to say that she is a bit of a slob when it comes to keeping her clothes clean. Every. single. day. when she comes from school her uniform is dribbled with food, hand prints, splatters, it is mind boggling how a little girl can get so dirty at a school that doesn't even have a real playground! I do know that she does wipe her hands on her clothes, wipe her mouth on her clothes and also put her shirt in her mouth to chew/suck on.
I have addressed all of the issues I know of. Told her she is not allowed to wipe her hands/mouth on her clothes, to use a napkin, to wash her hands, wipe her mouth in the bathroom with water and paper towels. It doesn't seem to sink in, the habit seems deep and that worries me that I can't break it!
I see other children when I pick her up from school and they are not stained and dirty or disheveled and it's disheartening! What can I do? What do you do? Are your kids responsible for keeping their clothes clean? Help me!?!
And BTW I do use stain removers and pre-soaks and all the laundry tools I can to try and clean up after the fact, but I want to find a way to get through to her about taking of her own things in some way when it comes to her clothes.