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Don’t Fret The Sweat: Teaching Kids To Use Deodorant

clip_image002Driving 6, 12-year-old boys home from a week at scout camp should earn me a major award! They had spent the week in the mountains, 2.5 hours from civilization. There were no showers to clean the sweat off their bodies, and no washing machines to sanitize the clothes they both slept and played in. I'm no stranger to horrible smells. From the time my kids could wear socks, they've had super smelly feet. But the smell from these scouts went beyond stinky feet. The BO from the back seat was almost unbearable. I made the entire trip with the window down and my sleeve pulled over my hand and pressed to my nose.

As soon as we got home, I ordered my 12 year old to take a shower, put his clothes in the washing machine, and meet me in the kitchen for a talk. I didn't realize this time had come. My kids are growing up faster than I realized. While he was in the shower, I ran to the store to purchase his first stick of deodorant.

The conversation went like this:

Me: "Nate, do you know what deodorant is?"

Nate: "Yeah."

Me, "I need you to start wearing it."

Nate: "K," and he walked away.

This is typical of every conversation with my 12-year-old boy. He gives me one word replies and walks away. No big deal, as long as he complies. He turned 13 one week ago. We ask him often if he remembered to put deodorant on. He had been forgetting a lot, until the last few weeks, as he started Jr. High and apparently likes girls now. Lucky for the world, girls in Jr. High don't like boys who smell. They have been more influential than I can ever hope to be.


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10/04/2011 4:04am
Hi how do feel about the whole aluminium in antiperspirants / deodorants. I have 2 teena ge boys that love to drown themselves in Lynx but I'm concerned about the cocktail of chemicals in these products. However here in Ireland it's hard to get smellies that smell like Lynx and satisfy my concerns. Your thoughts?
10/04/2011 4:55am
funny--i was just wondering about this! my kids are only 8 and 5, so i guess it's a while yet for me. i was in first grade when i started wearing deodorant. apparently, i smelled so bad, my mom said she could 'tell which rooms i had been in.' and no fun scents for me; it was maximum strength mitchum for me. (needless to say, i have some issues now :) ). now i'm a big fan of dove products.
10/04/2011 4:58am
I'd be concerned about the aluminum and other very nasty chemicals in deodorant - given your focus is on 'super healthy kids'! Anti-perspirants and spray on perfumes and deodorizing are a chemical cocktail not only do they get in through the skin but also they're breathed in.
10/04/2011 5:35am
What perfect timing! My 11 year old son has had a stick of deoderant since he went to camp last year. We knew he was starting puberty and wanted to make sure he didnt stink up his cabin even though we had never smelled BO coming from him. Since we never smelled BO we didnt really check to see if he was using deoderant regularly. But...Just this last Saturday I was playing with our new pet on the floor. He came and sat down next to me and omg I caught my breath, he smelled so bad. Needless to say, I went out and bought deodorant as soon as I could and told him he needed to make sure he wore some EVERY DAY! Ha!
10/04/2011 5:40am
Hi Sarah: I'm not saying I shouldn't be concerned.. I just haven't taken the time to read the research on aluminum. Do you have any studies to recommend?
10/04/2011 6:11am
Perfect timing for me as well. My 10 year old came home complaining that his bus smells like BO and that he wants to start wearing deoderant. I am also concerned about the safety of deoderant, I've had him powdering his pits on hot days for a while, but at some point that just dosent cut it. I've also noticed the boys love cologney smelling stuff. The stronger the better, but I also know that's not really effective. I heard antipersperant is dangerous, I myself have used Mitchum faithfully, but I don't have a lot of info about it all.
10/04/2011 6:40am
I think I was about 12 when I started wearing deodorant. With 2 sons, I worry when they get to that age that they have to keep their B.O. in check.
10/04/2011 6:49am
Aluminum or not, I'll take the risk! I grew up in a house where personal hygiene wasn't paid attention to as much as it should have been. Our weekly Saturday night baths were in a tub full of water previously used by my brothers (damn the seniority!). Luckily, just as with Nate, the peer pressure of Jr High was enough to prompt wearing deodorant (and a bra, though I didn't need one). So, I hopped on my bike one afternoon and rode to Walmart to begin a new, cleaner, better smelling chapter of life.
10/04/2011 7:32am
I fear about my daughter noticing her body changing at a different rate than her friends and becoming insecure tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com
10/04/2011 7:37am
tweet!/ChelleB36/status/121231365139206144 tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com
10/04/2011 8:57am
Gosh, my 3 year old is a ways away from needing deoderant. And I honestly can't remember when I started to use it. As another commenter wrote, wearing a bra when I didn't need to was more memorable in junior high. I would also be interested in specific studies about aluminum content and it's effects....
10/04/2011 10:21am
I honestly don't remember probably 6th grade. Just growing up makes me nervous the world has sure changed since I was a kid, worries, technology...
Savanna H.
10/04/2011 10:41am
We are a ways away from deotorant at 16 months, but one thing I have been doing from infancy is bathing my son every day. I have friends that only bathe there kids when they "need" it which is probably fine now, but I want to instill a bath a day habit in mine.
Gina R.
10/04/2011 12:15pm
Yeah, since all mine are little, we don't have to worry about this for a while yet. I remember wearing deodorant in Elementary school because that's when my classmates started to stink!
10/04/2011 1:09pm
I was in fifth grade when I first wore deodorant. That's when our school made us start wearing gym uniforms and I guess deodorant comes along with the sports bra and polyester gym shorts. :)
10/04/2011 5:59pm
i was probably 11 when i started wearing deoderant
10/04/2011 6:01pm!/DesMoinesDealin/status/121389387383713794
10/04/2011 6:29pm
LOL at all of the ladies and their first training bras! I don't remember when I first started deodorant, but I'm certian that I didn't need it. In fact, it wasn't until after having my children that it became a necessity. And nothing but the clinical strength stuff works now - not even my husband's manly stuff. Payback's rough... I'm certain that hormones play a significant part in body smells such as this.
Leann Lindeman
10/04/2011 7:29pm
Worries about puberty and my daughter are long past... She just turned 23!!!! Whew! [email protected]
10/04/2011 9:25pm
Aluminum is in anti-persperants. There are deodorants without it - Old Spice and Gillette both have them...and my friend's son came home in the fifth grade with a letter from his teacher saying all boys need to start wearing deodorant!
10/04/2011 9:46pm
You mean YOU don't get the $100 gift card for driving six 12-year olds back from scout camp??? Sheesh, I'd say you had that one in the bag. I'd also say I'm glad it wasn't me! My six-year old came home from his 3-hour P.E. class today sporting an attitude and a stench that gave me some flash-forwards to the future. I think I'll just buy some yellow tape to tape back and forth across his bedroom door so I don't have to go in and smell it when he's a teen.
Melinda Mendy Dinsmore
10/04/2011 10:52pm
I was 13 when I started using deo.
Robin M.
10/05/2011 10:23am
I think I started wearing deo at around 12.
10/05/2011 11:42am
i started about 12 as well
10/05/2011 12:39pm
I'm pretty sure that I started wearing deodorant at a normal age, BUT something crazy has changed in the last 5 years or so and I've had to change over to clinical strength to help me out!
10/05/2011 1:02pm
My kids are still little but I hope to instill good habits that will carry over into their teenage years.
10/05/2011 2:06pm
Awesome! My fear is that I won't survive 3 teenage boys and their stink! My 11 y/o isn't stinky yet, but his 9 y/o brother about knocks me down after football practice and gives me a hard time about taking a shower after practice!
Steva Spottswood
10/05/2011 2:47pm
Fear them being old enough to begin driving, I have twin boys.... oh dear
jessica edwards
10/05/2011 3:50pm
About 13
Camille Schultz
10/05/2011 5:49pm
My parents weren't good at talking to us about "puberty stuff". So, I don't really have a guide of how to talk to my kids about it. That is what scares me. How do I talk about it casually like it isn't something to be scared of? I still have a few years to work on it I guess. :)
Camille Schultz
10/05/2011 5:54pm
10/05/2011 6:05pm
My daughter is only 8 and several times last year I was suprised at the stinky B.O. spell coming from her little hairless pits! I bought her some deoderant, but I usually only make her wear it when she is going to be playing basketball. I think I need to start encouraging it more now. I love Degree's Womens plain Deodorant. It isn't an antiperspirant, so I am going to plan for my daughter to use this as well. I think it is ok to sweat, but not to smell bad. The Aluminum isn't good for you and it stains your clothes!
10/06/2011 4:53am
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10/06/2011 7:03am
I worry about how quickly children seem to be maturing nowadays. Kids seem to be a lot older for their age. 13 years olds look like 18 year olgs & 18 year ols look like 27 year olds! While their bodies might look older their minds are not yet mature and they still have a lot to learn!
10/06/2011 7:04am!/irishluck1114/status/121939325012279296
10/06/2011 7:15am
we have not run across this issue yet seeing how my son is only 2 but after he runs around from playing outside it is definitely bath time. when the time comes I prefer he wear Aluminum-free kind.
10/06/2011 8:11am
I was in 8th grade!
10/06/2011 9:00am
I'm definitely dreading it- the stink and the rest of the teenage stuff! :)
Susan Smith
10/06/2011 12:06pm
My daughter was 10 when she started puberty and started getting hair underarm and needed to start using deoderant.
Susan Smith
10/06/2011 12:15pm!/susan1215/status/122024369139621888
10/06/2011 12:34pm
The little girls I babysit are total tomboys, In the dirt, running all day long, and its hard to get them to stop and eat let alone keep up with the whole hygiene thing. I am not looking forward to when they join school sports and I have to haul around dirty girls wet with sweat! Puberty is hard enough without staining the car seats!
10/06/2011 12:58pm
I don't remember how old but I remember it was Teen Spirit deodorant, which they don't even make anymore (it did get a song named after it, though!)
10/06/2011 1:32pm
I remember practically having to FORCE my little sister to wear deodorant -_- bleh, i just didn't understand why anyone was okay with walking around smelling like onions and garlic. oh! and around 5th to 6th grade when everyone was starting puberty and those days when the bus would smell like PURE armpits due to the lack of communication between parent and child... bleh, I will never forget that. I became a car rider/walker because of that. lol. OH, and you cant forget the guys who completely over do it with the spray on deodorant. BLEH, horrible.
10/06/2011 2:14pm
I don't remember exactly how old I was, but I'm guessing it was around 5th grade or so.
10/06/2011 3:37pm
I think I started wearing deodorant in 6th or 7th grade ... I just had a my first child and getting through late nights is on my mind I can't even think about puberty yet, ;)
10/06/2011 4:01pm
I think I started wearing deodorant at my early teens. I was always sweaty and no kidding, it wasn't fun to be able to smell my own sweat. :) I better don't go too much into details here! LOL amy [at] utry [dot] it
10/06/2011 5:10pm
I'm not looking forward to my son hitting puberty at all! But he's a sweaty little kid, so I know the deodorant talk will be coming early. My biggest fear is just knowing that he'll be getting older and more independent.
10/07/2011 7:23am
I worry about not being able to protect my kids from all the bad things in the world. mjf926 at gmail dot com
Artistic Baker
10/07/2011 7:41am
I worry about their choice in friends, as tht influences their decisions in life artisticbaker (at) gmail (dot) com
10/07/2011 7:45am
I worry about them getting sick. Cancer is everywhere, and there's nothing I can do to protect them from disease. mjharvey26 at yahoo dot com Joy
10/07/2011 9:23am
I began wearing deodorant when I was around ten years of age. I fear my children resenting me when they are older, especially during those teenage years. I really love the bond we share, and hope to always have that. zelpuz77 at yahoo dot com
10/07/2011 10:13am
i wanna protect my kids from these kid of things. keep writing these kind of articles they will be helpful for the people like us!
Emily C
10/07/2011 12:08pm
I have to remind my 11 year old to put on deodorant all the time. She gets mad, but she sure smells nice afterwards!
Lisa Foster
10/08/2011 7:57am
Unfortunately (although I have read it is healthy) I am a huge sweater so my mom had to introduce deodorant to me at about age 8--but I thought it was cool at the time because it was a "big girl" thing.
Lisa Foster
10/08/2011 7:58am!/fostertam/status/122687329856008192
10/08/2011 9:22pm
I don't remember the exact age for myself or my son! But, boys seem to need it once they hit puberty! Thanks! kmassmanATgmailDOTcom
Stephanie Colvin
10/09/2011 10:54pm
I had to start wearing it when I was about 12, my daughter is only 4 so I haven't really considered when she is going to need it, although she always asks to wear it b/c she watches me put it on.
Christy Ann
10/10/2011 7:30am
I think I started wearing deodorant at about 11 - I'm sure I needed it!
10/10/2011 7:48am
My kids are 9 and 7, and I recently started having them wear deodorant - had to, or the smell would have made me pass out !! :-). I usually have them wear it on days I know they will be more active - gym days or in the summer ...
Bev E.
10/10/2011 10:40am
Our older two children started using deodorant around puberty, and it still requires ongoing reminders for them to use it. I'm seriously considering starting it for my 1st grade son this year also. His school doesn't have great cooling and I think it might help him be more comfortable in those stuffy classrooms. Thank goodness fall is here.
10/11/2011 9:25am
I am so nervous about puberty...well my kids reaching puberty. I have started the girls with training bras. I don't think I am ready for them to start growing up....but unfortunately time doesn't stand still.
10/11/2011 9:26am
10/11/2011 9:27am
Ashley L.
10/11/2011 1:55pm
I believe I was around 11 when I started wearing deodorant. If I recall it was more or less for the fact that we received gym lockers and it was just something you did rather than out of necessity.
Birdie s
10/11/2011 6:18pm
I was 11 when I started wearing deodorant my mom bought me some for after GYM class...
Birdie s
10/11/2011 6:20pm
10/12/2011 4:57am
i think i started using deodorant in junior high
10/12/2011 3:26pm
My son is a ways a way from needing to wear deodorant. I started wearing deodorant in 6th grade, mostly because the other girls in PE had it - don't think most of us really needed it then.
10/12/2011 8:16pm
I was 12. My kids start at that age, also.
10/12/2011 9:23pm
I don't remember when I exactly started using deodorant. No one told me and I hope I wasn't too late!
10/12/2011 9:24pm
everything about kids going through puberty makes me sweat!
10/13/2011 8:12am
I think I started wearing deodorant in 5th grade. Just thinking about my kids going threw puberty makes me wanna crawl in a corner and suck my thumb. Lol
Jessie C.
10/13/2011 9:58pm
I started when I was 13 or so.
Jessie C.
10/13/2011 9:58pm
Amanda Sakovitz
10/14/2011 12:02pm
I was 11 when i started wearing deodorant
Amanda Sakovitz
10/14/2011 12:03pm!/aes529/status/124923200810401792
10/14/2011 7:24pm
I remember when my mom first told me to start wearing deodorant. I was 9 and didnt really understand the concept of wearing deodorant I was too much of a tomboy and i hated the extra effort added to my daily schedule
Tina M
10/15/2011 9:14pm
I started wearing deodorant at about 13
Tina M
10/15/2011 9:15pm!/HappyTina0115/status/125424514518614016
Kim D.
10/15/2011 10:54pm
I started wearing deodorant around the age of 13. My daughters are 4 and 6 years old, so I still have a couple of more years before having the conversation with them.
Kim D.
10/15/2011 11:00pm
I tweeted!/mom22girlz/status/125450666364768256
10/16/2011 9:47am
I was about 11 or 12 when I first started wearing deodorant. My daughter is too young right now!
10/16/2011 2:18pm
i started wearing deodorant at age 12 as soon as i hit puberty
10/16/2011 4:56pm
I started wearing deodorant in the 6th grade even though I didn't really need it--I just wanted to smell nice :)
10/16/2011 6:30pm
I started wearing deodarant around age 12. I remember getting it in my stocking!
10/17/2011 8:49am
I started wearing deodorant at 10. I think my sweet girl will glisten like her mama
10/17/2011 9:10pm
I've never been very sweaty - I think I was 12 or 13 when I started wearing deoderant
10/17/2011 9:13pm
I'm 80 now and I sure don't remember how old I was when I started wearing deodorant, but my daughter started around puberty
Niki pavlin
10/17/2011 9:31pm
I loved it !
10/18/2011 1:54am
One thing about parenting that made me sweat was all their teen years! I used more deodorant those years than any other! gmissycat at yahoo dot com
10/18/2011 1:55am
Tweeted here too!/gmissycat/status/126219672772292608 gmissycat at yahoo dot com
Debra B
10/18/2011 6:28am
I think I was probably 11 when I started wearing it, and to this day I couldnt imagine not wearing deodorant, its become a habit now after showering every morning, my kids kinda picked it up on their own and luckily for me we never encountered any stinky teens when they were growing up Thanks for the great giveaway
Debra B
10/18/2011 6:30am
tweeted here!/deb126/status/126288880327602177
Kathy Eyre
10/18/2011 3:56pm
HaHa, my sister was sitting next to me when I was about 14 years old and said "you stink"...I've worn deoderant every day since!!!
Crystal S.
10/18/2011 4:58pm
I started wearing deodorant around the 4th grade I think. I always like buying the ones with the flower scents.
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Kelly T
10/19/2011 12:58pm
I think I was 12 when I started wearing deoderant
10/19/2011 1:43pm
I was a late bloomer and I didn't actually start "needing" it until about 14, but a lot of my classmates used it at 11 and 12.
10/19/2011 1:44pm
10/20/2011 10:10am
My fear is that I won't have them wearing it soon enough and they will be in an embarrassing moment because of my lack of action! I actually don't remember when I started needing it... I do remember taking some with me to junior high though!
10/20/2011 1:40pm
I was a bout 11 or 12 when I first stared using deodorant. I don't think it was quite necessary but I wanted never to be stinky.
10/20/2011 2:08pm
My daughter's only 4 so I'm sure by the time she starts getting smelly they'll be some app for getting rid of body odor. :)
10/20/2011 7:36pm
My son could never remember if he had already put some deoderant on yet or my words of advice were "it's better to apply it twice than not at all and then stink!"
10/21/2011 6:44pm
My kids are too young for deodorant still, but that's a milestone I'm not really looking forward to!
Rebecca T.
10/22/2011 6:58am
I think I was probably around 10 when I started wearing deodorant!
Rebecca T.
10/22/2011 7:00am
Susan Elliott
10/22/2011 11:54am
I was about 10 or 11 and couldn't wait to do all the grown-up things my mom was doing, including shaving my legs and wearing makeup. So I was thrilled that I was getting to wear deodorant!
10/22/2011 12:59pm
Thank heavens for deodorant! Kids can start smelling in first grade and you want them to have friends and not be known as a stinky kid.
10/22/2011 6:33pm
Boone (Wade's best friend)
10/23/2011 6:24am
I use Degree and it drives the ladies wild!
Shannon Baas
10/23/2011 9:15am
I think I was in junior high.
Marilyn Wons
10/23/2011 9:47am
I was a pre-teen around eleven years old when I first started using a roll on.
10/23/2011 11:28am
I think I was 10 or 11 when I started using antiperspirant. My daughter was about the same age when I bought her her first deodorant.
10/23/2011 11:31am!/auntiethesis/status/128176092338069504
Ann F
10/23/2011 11:34am
I'm sweating when my daughter starts dating.... I'm really dreading it! abfantom at yahoo dot com
Adrienne Gordon
10/23/2011 12:18pm
My son just started wearing deoderant a month ago,.
Valerie Taylor Mabrey
10/23/2011 12:26pm
I started wearing deodorant at age 10. vmkids3 at msn dot com
10/23/2011 2:06pm
i think i was like 10 when i started wearing deodorant
Margaret Smith
10/23/2011 2:47pm
My kids driving I'm dreading the most. Right now, we're starting to deal with our oldest son, who just turned 14 and is starting to date. He's been going out with this girl for about 4 months now and we're sweating that they don't get themselves into trouble. Thanks os much. rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com
Margaret Smith
10/23/2011 2:49pm
I tweeted:!/peg42/status/128226271044976640 Thanks rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com
10/23/2011 5:33pm
I don't remember exactly how old my son was but I do remember I had to remind him about it a few times before it stuck!
10/23/2011 5:36pm
Tweet -!/didyouyarnthat/status/128268533628022785
10/23/2011 6:52pm
My 7-year old asked to get a cute pink deoderant because she wanted to smell pretty.
10/23/2011 7:08pm
My sons have gone through puberty but I'm more concerned about my granddaughters going through it . I think I was 12 when I started using deodorant.
10/23/2011 7:10pm
Lorri S
10/23/2011 7:23pm
I had to start wearing deodorant when I was 12
Diana Castro
10/23/2011 8:20pm
I think I was in junior high, but really don't remember
10/23/2011 10:05pm
I started wearing it in junior high.
Rebecca Graham
10/24/2011 12:46am
I think I was 12 yrs old when I started wearing deodorant.
T. Lawson
10/24/2011 4:09am
My oldest son went through puberty late so he didn't need deodorant until he was about 16 years old.
Cynthia C
10/24/2011 4:48am
I was probably around middle school age when I started wearing deodorant.
Cynthia C
10/24/2011 4:50am
sherri crawford
10/24/2011 6:02am
i think i was about 12 when i started wearing it
Janice Whitaker
10/24/2011 7:01am
y son would stick his arm pit in my face Finally He got to use deo. I guess it made him feel grownup [email protected]
10/24/2011 9:19am
No fear with my daughter, she started showering twice a day and wearing deodorant on her own at 12 years old. Never have to remind her.
10/24/2011 9:20am
I tweeted!/eyzofblu63/status/128506031683796992
Christina Gould
10/24/2011 9:29am
On thing about parenting that makes me sweat is the chance that my child may have an accident. Thanks for the giveaway!
Christina Gould
10/24/2011 9:30am
I tweeted:!/cmg94587/status/128508623218421761
Sarah Hirsch
10/24/2011 9:34am
my biggest worry about puberty is hormones!
Suzanne K
10/24/2011 9:37am
I was probably a pre-teen when I started using anti-prespirant
10/24/2011 9:43am
I think I was probably 12/13 when I started wearing it.
10/24/2011 12:25pm
I was around 12 years old when I started wearing deoderant.
Stephanie Galbraith
10/24/2011 2:02pm
I am sweating the fact that my kids will be teenagers soon! :< yikes.
Heather S
10/24/2011 2:51pm
Probably 10 or 11
Heather S
10/24/2011 2:53pm
Kyl Neusch
10/24/2011 4:43pm
I was 12
Katharine D
10/24/2011 5:18pm
I have boys so I have a lot of fear of the unknown when it comes to them and puberty. I am really hoping my husband will be the light in the dark lol.
Katharine D
10/24/2011 5:20pm
10/24/2011 7:28pm
I was about 12 or 13 years old when starting to wear it.
10/24/2011 8:25pm
I was about 10 or 11 when I started wearing deodorant.
Deborah Rosen
10/24/2011 8:56pm
I started wearing deodorant when I was 14. Even then I really didn't need it since I was very thin and just didn't sweat.
Deborah Rosen
10/24/2011 8:58pm
I shared on Twitter:!/AsTheNight/status/128681617723109376.
Stephanie V.
10/24/2011 9:54pm
already living it - nasty attitudes and hormones leading to sexually active teens
10/25/2011 12:49am
I was around 10 years old when I had to wear deodorant.
10/25/2011 12:50am
melissa Resnick
10/25/2011 6:25am
thanks for the sweep
Monique Rizzo
10/25/2011 7:16am
I was 12 years old when I had to start wearing deoderant. UGH Thanks for the chance. [email protected]
cathy miller / rewcath
10/25/2011 10:39am
I was 12 or 13 when i first wore deoderant and my children were about the same age nupa123atgmaildotcom
cathy miller / rewcath
10/25/2011 10:46am!/rewcath/status/128889185556893697 @rewcath nupa123atgmaildotcom
Daphne Richard
10/25/2011 6:50pm
Early teens is when I started wearing deoderant. My son will probably be a bit earlier-he sweats more.
10/26/2011 2:50pm
I started wearing deodorant in 5th grade. I'm due with boy number three soon, so I'm sure I will know all too well those sweaty boy smells when they hit teenage-hood!
mary a.
10/26/2011 2:51pm
Love this giveaway, and it is so important for those children who don't realize that they need it!
10/26/2011 7:31pm
I started at about age 13. No teens, YET!
10/26/2011 9:38pm
I have two sons so I definitely am nervous about puberty but I still have a way to go - like ten years till my oldest turns 13 but that doesn't stop me from thinking "holy crap" when I think about it. ;-)
10/26/2011 9:40pm
Crystal F
10/27/2011 1:36pm
I have to remind my oldest daughter (11) daily to put it on. My youngest daughter who is 7 has already started to stink, I thought it was really early but I just read another post about their seven year old being stinky so I guess it's not. I'm not ready to deal with it with her just yet. lol Thank you!
Janna Johnson
10/27/2011 3:35pm
I was 9 when I started using it! Blogtacular contest! Thanks so much! Janna Johnson [email protected] Janna@feedyourpig on GFC
Geoff K
10/27/2011 4:31pm
I think I started wearing deodorant around age 11 or 12 - I was a pretty rambunctious (and sweaty) kid!
Geoff K
10/27/2011 4:33pm
I tweeted:!/guettel78/status/129702183104036865
Jean L
10/27/2011 10:36pm
Haha, "don't fret the sweat." I was 11 when I first started wearing deodorant.
10/28/2011 12:55pm
It's such an embarressing story, but my aunt asked me if I wore deoderant yet and I said "No, I don't need that yet" and she answered "Oh yes you do" and sent me up to my cousins room to borrow deoderant. baha Looking back now, I can't help but laugh. kids are just kids.
10/28/2011 2:07pm
I first started wearing deodorant when I was 13.
10/28/2011 2:08pm
I tweeted:!/livelovelynn/status/130028064871690240
10/28/2011 3:39pm
Oh wow, I started to wear deoderant when I was 12.
Melissa W
10/29/2011 5:04am
I think I was 12
10/29/2011 7:59am
My son is 11 and I just had a talk similar to yours with your son. He is now wearing it also.
10/29/2011 8:01am
10/29/2011 10:00am
You know, I have absolutely no idea when I had to start wearing deodorant. I guess that wasn't a milestone in my life:)
10/29/2011 10:31am
I was about 12 when I started wearing deodorant. smchester at gmail dot com
10/29/2011 12:38pm
I was pretty young when I started wearing deodorant, or as my friend called it, "deo for the BO." No kids here yet though!
10/29/2011 1:30pm
I started wearing deodorant at age 10 after a puberty class we had in 5th grade.
10/29/2011 1:31pm
10/29/2011 10:51pm
I started wearing deodorant around 13. I have two teenage boys, and they both started wearing deodorant at about 12. I'd really like to find out more about some anti-perspirants that don't contain any aluminum.
10/30/2011 5:08am
I started wearing deodorant about 8th grade so I guess around 14.
linda brooks
10/30/2011 6:26am
Both my daughters started wearing deodorant since they were 9 yrs old.
sherry barnes
10/30/2011 8:32am
we always have a big supply of deodorant on hand lol
Debra S
10/30/2011 10:07am
Fears of my kids hitting pueberty? Plenty of them! I was very wild as a kid so I was worried my kids might be, too! So I encouraged good clean fun things-sports, science, etc..... I started to wear deodorant at 13. That is when I started to notice I stunk!
Debra F
10/30/2011 10:54am
I think I started to wear deodorant at about 12 years old
Debra F
10/30/2011 10:54am
Craig Johnson
10/30/2011 1:56pm
I was 14 yrs old when I started wearing Right Guard!!
10/30/2011 2:25pm
i think i was about 11 when i started wearing deodorant!
10/30/2011 4:21pm
I was 16 and playing on the tennis team when I first started wearing deodorant. But even then I didn't wear it regularly until I was about 20, which was when I started to sweat more regularly.
Helen Keeler
10/30/2011 4:52pm
My kids are grown but by biggest fear when they were going through puberty was that they would get involved with drugs. But we go through their teen with lots of communication and love. [email protected]
Mary Beth Elderton
10/30/2011 5:28pm
I started wearing deodorant at around 12-13--I taught my son to use deodorant at around 11. I used to call what he and his friends had when they came in from riding bikes "BS" (boy sweat) and actually talked to all of them about deodorant.
10/30/2011 5:48pm
I was in 7th grade. The PE teacher sent home a note to all parents saying "your child MUST have a can of deodorant in her locker". Oh the 70's !
10/30/2011 8:13pm
Junior High was when it really got smelly, thank you deodorant.
Kandi Smith
10/31/2011 1:59am
I started using deodorant when I was 11.
tracey byram
10/31/2011 6:29am
I was 13 when I started wearing deodorant.
Melissa Zimmerman
10/31/2011 10:09am
I started getting smelly at 7
10/31/2011 12:27pm
I'm worried already about when my son goes through puberty!
Sarah L
10/31/2011 10:09pm
Way back in the beginnings of time.. Or at least 50 years ago. Thanks for the contest.
Sarah L
10/31/2011 10:12pm
Sabrina Mcvey
11/01/2011 5:55am
I have 2 boys, ages 12 & 10. And they are in need of deodorant !! Every day I have to remind them. They were both excited to get there first stick of deodorant. Thanks for the contest!
kristi rowland
11/01/2011 10:32am
This is very important to teach kids. Many have to go to school and gym class in their school clothes.
Robyn N
11/01/2011 12:53pm
I am a firm believer in deoderant and kids are teased enough without the fear of smelling. On top of deoderant it is parents responsibility to get their child/adolescent to bathe daily especially after puberty hits.
11/01/2011 3:02pm
Nothing worse than stinky kids! Deodorant and showers!
11/01/2011 8:46pm
i started wearing deodorant at about 11
11/01/2011 8:48pm!/rsmc1/status/131578331022893056
Rita A
11/01/2011 9:24pm
It must have been in Junior High when PE classes began.
11/02/2011 7:39am
If I remember correctly, I was about 11-12 when I started using deodorant.
11/02/2011 7:41am
I think I started wearing it when I was about 9. I remember I had Tickle, because it looked fun. Does anyone remember that?
Betty C
11/02/2011 7:43am
I think I was around 12 or 13 when I started using deodorant. If we weren't already using it our PE teacher made sure we started.
Betty C
11/02/2011 7:45am
Tweet -!/willitara/status/131743647308853248
Daniel M
11/02/2011 10:11am
yep your using deodorant, you're not going to be the stinky kid in class!
Julie L
11/02/2011 10:25am
approxmimately 43 years ago ;) thanks
11/02/2011 12:25pm
I started using deodorant in the 5th grade, which is when I hit puberty! I don't have any kids of my own.
11/02/2011 12:25pm
I tweeted here:!/FotoMacro/status/131813764092805120
11/02/2011 1:53pm
I think I was 12 when I started wearing deodorant. litabush(at)
Angela Cisco
11/02/2011 3:04pm
I think I was 11 or 12 when I started wearing deodorant.
Angela Cisco
11/02/2011 3:05pm
Angela H
11/02/2011 3:47pm
My daughter is only 8 but I know that time is coming soon. I think I was 13 or so when I started to use deodorant. thisisme79 @ gmail dot com
Angela H
11/02/2011 3:50pm
Tweeted!/thisisme79/status/131865735004827648 thisisme79 @ gmail dot com
11/02/2011 4:35pm
I was about 11 when I started wearing deodorant and I am not looking forward to my daughter hitting those years, although she does wear deodorant now. sweepmorey at gmail dot com
11/02/2011 4:35pm
melissa shirley
11/02/2011 5:40pm
I have a son who is a teenager and is special needs and I have been trying to reach him the importance of using deodorant. I also work for a school with students who are autistic and getting them to understand this is very difficult.
11/02/2011 5:53pm
I started wearing deodorant at age 10, I was stinky. ky2here at msn dot com
11/02/2011 5:56pm!/ky2here1/status/131897191752146944 ky2here at msn dot com
11/02/2011 5:57pm
I remember being about 9 years old. It was 4th grade I think. We had just come in from recess, all hot and sweaty. Our teacher actually sat in front of the class and gave a lecture on the fact that we hadn't learned proper hygiene (apparently the classroom stunk!), and how we needed to go home and talk to our parents about deodorant. hahaha I didn't think it was very funny at the time, but it gave us a quick heads up, without having to single anyone out and embarrass them. I went right home and got some deodorant from my mom! rofl coriwestphal at msn dot com
11/02/2011 6:01pm
Tweet: coriwestphal at msn dot com
11/02/2011 6:19pm
was 11 or 12
11/02/2011 6:46pm
I was about 12 when I started wearing deodorant.
Jill Myrick
11/02/2011 8:17pm
I began wearing deodorant when I was thirteen. But I had to teach my daughter to wear it at the age of ten. jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com
11/02/2011 9:13pm
I was 11 when I started to use deodorant
Leslie B.
11/02/2011 10:14pm
I was probably around 12!
Jill L
11/03/2011 4:11am
I have no memory of when I started wearing deodorant. I don't think it was until high school.
Jill L
11/03/2011 4:12am
Tiffany Hearn
11/03/2011 6:39am
I have three daughters so I'm worried about boys. I was about 9 or 10 when I started wearing deodorant.
Tiffany Hearn
11/03/2011 6:42am
11/03/2011 6:58am
I have two 12 year old girls I am going through this with now - ugh
11/03/2011 7:03am!/maxwellsmommy11/status/132095319423979521
11/03/2011 7:13am
Woo deodorant. I don't remember exactly when but I think it was sometime around middle school.
Diane F
11/03/2011 7:56am
I think I was about 11 or 12 when I started wearing deodorant.
11/03/2011 9:18am
Oh the joys of getting older!
Erica C.
11/03/2011 9:23am
I don't remember when I started wearing deodorant, but I remember the awkward conversation about shaving. My mom just got tired of seeing the hair on my legs, even though it hadn't bothered me yet...what an awkward time!
Cathy W
11/03/2011 9:56am
Let me see....40+years or there abouts!!
Cathy W
11/03/2011 10:00am!/cjwallace43/status/132139949033132032
11/03/2011 11:22am
My fears about puberty? We're quite a ways off and will be OLD when that happens. (hopefully not cranky)
11/03/2011 11:37am
As a babysitter I can say nothing worse than older kids who haven't learned of deodorant yet. Thanks for the contest!
Ellie W
11/03/2011 12:52pm
My three boys started having to wear deodorant when they were around 12. They were pretty easy to get through puberty. I don't remember any problems. I had no girls so I would not know the first thing about helping one through puberty. Thanks for the giveaway! eswright18 at gmail dot com
Ellie W
11/03/2011 12:53pm
Kathleen Conner
11/03/2011 1:09pm
I guess I started wearing deoderant when I was around 12.
Kathleen Conner
11/03/2011 1:10pm
I tweeted!!/kc98765/status/132187843580796928
11/03/2011 1:14pm
I remember one day in Junior High everyone in homeroom got a hygiene bag. Deodorant, soap, and for the girls, tampons. I think that's when I started wearing it regularly, around 7th grade. [email protected]
11/03/2011 1:36pm
fear about puberty - hoping they remember and live by the morals and values they've been taught
11/03/2011 1:37pm
Wow, I don't remember when I started wearing deodorant... I guess 10 or 11. Us girls get smelly a little sooner than the boys ;)
Brittney House
11/03/2011 2:20pm
I'm not looking forward to the day where my daughter starts being interested in boys and go boy crazy. hah
11/03/2011 3:23pm
I was about 12 when I started wearing deodorant. stanleybilly(st)bellsouth(dot)net
11/03/2011 3:54pm
My kids are headed there quickly and I'm not sure I'm ready!
11/03/2011 3:55pm
Jennifer C
11/03/2011 6:00pm
My kids must get a stinky gene from their dad. They both had to start wearing deodorant around 2nd grade. I think I was probably closer to 11 or so when I had to regularly wear it.
Diane Baum
11/03/2011 6:05pm
Sadly, I was a young stinky kid..I had to start when I was about 9, very humulating!
mindy coffey
11/03/2011 6:08pm
I love this giveaway b/c I'm trying to promote to my son who is almost use deodorant and have good hygiene! He wants to use Dad's deodorant, instead of his own! LOL! I tweeted also...(Don't Fret The Sweat: Teaching Kids To Use Deodorant - via @Shareaholic) Thanks for the giveaway!
11/03/2011 6:12pm
I was 10 when my Mom introduced me to deoderant, it was embarrassing, but I am glad she did
11/03/2011 7:08pm
I think I was about 12 when I started wearing deodorant.
11/03/2011 7:10pm!/honeypie411/status/132278245080055808
Pauline M
11/03/2011 8:01pm
I honestly can't remember for myself, however, my 10 year old is needing extra care (or deoderant) now and it's getting difficult to get him to add this to his routine!
Jenn S.
11/03/2011 8:11pm
My tween daughter started to need deodorant off and on around 10.
11/03/2011 8:56pm
I was always a girly girl who didn't like to stink so when I had a daughter years later, I assumed she would be like me. But alas she can smelly like a sweaty kid but 6th grade in Middle School was great for her...she found boys and deodorant....yeah!!!
11/03/2011 8:59pm
11/03/2011 9:26pm
I started wearing deoderant in the 7th grade, so I must have been 13.
11/03/2011 9:27pm
11/04/2011 12:36am
I think I had to start wearing deodorant in 7th grade.
Debra P
11/04/2011 1:52am
I was 13 when I started using deodorant.
joseph gersch
11/04/2011 2:40am
I think i was 12 when i started wearing deoderant
robyn paris
11/04/2011 4:17am
i love wearing my deodorant.
11/04/2011 5:02am
I started wearing deodarant when I was12.
11/04/2011 5:11am
11/04/2011 6:33am
I started wearing deodorant when I was 12 because my mother to me it was about time to start wearing it and I hadn't started questioning her authority yet.
Shelley Mitchell
11/04/2011 7:02am
I started wearing deodorant when I was around 10. msjem2001 at yahoo dot com
R Hicks
11/04/2011 7:10am
I don't worry about the kids because we are honest with them about everything. I think I started using deoderent about 5th or 6 th grade brich22 at earthlink dot net
R Hicks
11/04/2011 7:11am
TWEET!/brich2222/status/132459513939886080 brich22 at earthlink dot net
11/04/2011 7:34am
I started wearing deodorant at an early age because my older brother did probably 8 or 9 and I asked for it- I NEVER wanted to stink.
11/04/2011 7:35am!/dddiva/status/132465867769384960
11/04/2011 8:07am
I started to sweat the first time I let my son walk to school with his friends without me. It was long overdue, but I was so nervous. runningmatey at hotmail dot com
11/04/2011 8:08am
tweeted (!/LuckyDuckyToo/status/132473734970867713)
11/04/2011 8:22am
I guess I started wearing deodorant when I was about 10. MCantu1019 at aol dot com
Rebecca Shockley
11/04/2011 8:39am
I was 11 yrs old and used my Mom's Ban i believe it was called. My kids, I was scared of them hitting puberty, but to be honest I'm more scared of my only girl hitting that period.
Rebecca Shockley
11/04/2011 8:40am
Marcia Goss
11/04/2011 8:42am
I think I was around 12 years old.
Marcia Goss
11/04/2011 8:43am
11/04/2011 8:51am
My kids are so close in age that I guess I'm afraid that they'll all hit puberty at the same time! Although right now my girls (2 and 3 years old) always want me to pretend to put deodorant on them already so they smell nice. Guess I should worry more about my boys!
11/04/2011 9:26am
I started puberty early. I started at 9 years old. My daughter is doing the same thing. Poor kid, lol, itsjustme62613 at
11/04/2011 9:28am
tweet!/MistySunrise/status/132494235806076928 itsjustme62613 at
11/04/2011 9:43am
I'm pretty sure I was wearing deodorant through middle school years but I can't quite remember when I started. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome giveaway!!!
11/04/2011 9:43am
2nd entry tweet @!/kytah00/status/132497786158596096
11/04/2011 10:06am
I started wearing deodorant in elementary school...5th grade.
Amy DeLong
11/04/2011 10:52am
I was 11 when i started wearing it ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com
11/04/2011 11:41am
I was 9 when I started wearing deodorant but I also played softball so that's probably why. :)
Cathy Truman
11/04/2011 1:35pm
I was 12 years old when I started wearing deodorant.
11/04/2011 1:44pm
11 or 12
11/04/2011 1:44pm
Erica Best
11/04/2011 1:45pm
I was 11 years old when I started wearing
11/04/2011 1:45pm
Erica Best
11/04/2011 1:45pm!/purplelover04/status/132559010124677120
Joanne Schultz
11/04/2011 1:56pm
I started wearing deodorant when I was about 11 or 12. Thanks for the giveaway!
Joanne Schultz
11/04/2011 1:57pm
Selene M.
11/04/2011 1:57pm
I was 11 when I started wearing deodorant.
11/04/2011 2:19pm
I was eleven and it was Secret spray which irritated my skin.
11/04/2011 2:30pm
I was twelve when I started to wear deodorant.
Jamie Brigham
11/04/2011 6:37pm
My fear about my children going through Puberty would definitely be them being teased while they are in transition or even them being uncomfortable with themselves, Especially my daughter when she gets her first visit from Mother Nature. I was horrified when mine came
Jamie Brigham
11/04/2011 6:38pm
I tweeted about this giveaway- @cinderella10383!/Cinderella10383/status/132632696840126464
11/04/2011 7:50pm
I fear having the talk, I know its inevitable but its just... you know they're all grown up and scary. I started wearing deodorant in 7th grade, i dont think i necessarily had to, but all the 'cool kids' were and we had just had that 'health assembly' for the girls.
11/04/2011 7:51pm
I tweeted about the promo :)
11/04/2011 8:40pm
i have no idea how old i was when i started wearing it.. but my kids will start earlier because i worry about things like that. i don't want other kids to make fun of them and thats something i sweat about
Becky Horn
11/05/2011 5:42pm
My son has just hit this phase, and Whew, deodorant is a must!!! [email protected]
Becky Horn
11/05/2011 5:43pm
I tweeted [email protected]!/bdiane34/status/132981314386276352
Daniel Thornton, Jr.
11/05/2011 8:53pm
Debra Hinson Sauvageau
11/06/2011 4:51pm
I was 13 when my parents first prompted me to use deodorant..and quite frankly they were really late to do this..I took quite a ribbing at school for years before that..I was shy and awkward & ashamed...
11/09/2011 3:58am
I don't remember how old I was. But I've had a few situations in the classroom when I've had to counsel the 'more mature' 5th grade boys about using deodorant. Very awkward!

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