You remember how bad I sweat? My poor kids have inherited my overactive pits.
Sweat is a hot topic (hee!) around my house. Usually it revolves around how much I sweat (buckets), how quickly I can pit out my workout top (5 seconds), how to get the sweat smell out of my workout clothes (vinegar) and how to get Gym Hubby to quit putting his sweat-soaked Ultimate Frisbee duds in the same pile as the baby’s rainbow-scented pink clothing. Needless to say there has been many a Gym Buddy conversation about which kind of deodorant is best and what it makes us smell like and how best to apply it. Is all over my body an option? No?
Gym Buddy Allison has a very complicated routine involving two separate deodorants applied at different times of day which she swears keeps her totally pit-stain free. Krista despises roll-ons and recently spent an entire workout complaining about her shirt being “super glued” to her pits. I buy whatever’s on clearance which is why my armpits currently sparkle (I use it to psych people out on the weight floor – I just flash ’em my pit and then grab the kettlebell while they’re distracted! Ooh shiny!). Megan…I actually don’t know what she does for deodorant which seems odd because we’re all so weirdly tight that we know each other’s feminine hygeine preference, bra size and poop timing among other invasive things. Meg – call me!
But lately sweat has been coming up in a way I had not anticipated. (Wow, that made it sound grosser than it is.) Anyhow, I’ve long appreciated the ability of my kids to make me sweat but until now I’d underestimated their ability to produce it. My oldest son is 9. He is officially a tween, complete with eye-rolling, sarcasm and, oh yes, body odor. But how does one talk to a tween about personal hygiene? Am I allowed to use eye-rolling and sarcasm too? Because if so, I’ve totally got this one covered.
He’s too cute to smell funny, right?? Also, I love that he chose to eat a carrot alongside his birthday cake and ice cream bar. Maybe they do listen to me? Sometimes??
Seriously though, I just hadn’t thought this one out. I’m totally prepared for the sex talk – in fact, we’ve been having it with them in stages ever since my then 3-year-old said “Daddy put a baby in your tummy? Can it be my turn next?” – but I hadn’t considered how I was going to teach my boys about proper showering, hair-gelling, cologne-wearing (one tiny spray is plenty), and deodorant applying. After all, it seems like just yesterday I was teaching them how to properly wipe their own butts. Oh wait, that’s because it was yesterday. And it involved the instruction, “No you cannot wipe and watch TV at the same time.”
In an effort to keep everyone “cool, calm and confident throughout the day – especially during life’s sweat-inducing moments” Unilever is offering one GFE reader a $100 Visa gift card plus a Don’t Fret The Sweat gift pack (yes I just called deodorant cool). Here’s how to enter:
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