There is a time in all parents lives when you say to yourself “what is that smell?” It is with great regret sometimes that you realize that it is your sweet little child that has a special new fragrance. Even when you do your best to have nice squeaky-clean children, they always tend to provide a surprising olfactory siege that can become overwhelming at times. All children go through stages…
- Diapers. The diaper stage is part of the initiation as a parent. I remember in the beginning struggling to be able to get one diaper on one little helpless baby. Now after having three, the last one transitioning out of them now, I can change a diaper in less than 7 seconds. This stage of the little folks lives, their personal cleanliness is up to the grown up people around them.
- Potty Training toddlers. From what I have learned from talking to parents and from my own experience, there are two camps. Kids that take to it and kids that couldn’t give a hoot if they had wet pants all day. The hard work that the parents put in pays off when their toddler becomes fully responsible of their own bodily functions, and frankly that couldn’t happen fast enough. For those parents that have struggled with potty training, they will be trained before they can drive I promise.
- Everything after that. Now that they seem to be over the hurdle of controlling the regular functions of their waste management system, there is now just a whole new type of dirty. I have 3 boys and if given the choice they would not have a shower or bath, let alone brush and floss. Whenever it is time to get clean, there is a groan of resistance as if I am telling them to go down to the river in January with a bar of soap. Expressing to them that their personal aroma is less then desirable inevitably ends in a very parental “get in there and wash everything” speech. They always feel better afterwards and I try to reinforce how good it is to be clean.
- Oh man, I almost forgot food. I still have no idea how a toddler who is eating yogurt can possibly get it behind their ears or in their hair. Are they listening for flavor? Have they found a solution for split ends that every adult has missed? I am mystified sometimes to find food particles where they shouldn't be and the best part is that the more food they have caked on themselves seems to make them that much happier. We have resorted to placing a towel over our youngest chair and placing their booster over the towel to try to save a kitchen chair. Sad admission I know but it is much easier to through a towel in the wash then get a stain out of a kitchen chair.