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My eleven year old daughter smells. Badly.
She just refuses to wear deodorant. I don't know why. She won't discuss it. I actually don't wear it, for some reason I don't really have a lot of body odor, but I do keep a tube of natural deodorant in the bathroom, mostly for show, or if I am going to be doing some sort of heavy exercise.
I don't know what to do. I cannot emphasize how extremely strong she smells.
She is a beautiful, sweet girl, but I think she is struggling with the concept of becoming a woman. She doesn't want to discuss getting bras, either (another thing she really needs).
I've tried to respectfully explain why she should use deodorant, but she just gets mad.
I'm worried that she is causing herself to be socially isolated.
Rather than telling her why she should, have you asked her why she doesn't, and then given her space to answer honestly? (That means really being open to the answer, with no agenda of changing her behavior or contradicting her reasons.)
Also, she really doesn't need a bra unless she wants one. Being bigger than an A cup doesn't mean one "needs" a bra.
Mama to DS (3/7/06), DSD (11/17/02), DD (1/16/08 ) , DS2 (5/30/10) and Baby Quinn (R.I.P 3/22/13)
Breeder Mama: = wife to an amazing man + mama to J-Bear (07/02) and E-Train (06/08), nanny to Little Bird (07/10).
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