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Life Skills: Good Health and Hygiene Skills

Tips on Teaching Teens How to Take Care of Their Body

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In order for your teen to be happy while they live independently, they will need to be successful at keeping their bodies healthy and clean. These life skills are taught throughout your teen's childhood and adolescence by encouraging good hygiene routines and healthy habits. Re-enforcing or establishing these good habits will help your teen keep them as they continue to grow up and become young adults.

Good Hygiene Habits Your Teen Should Have

  • Brush their teeth twice daily.
  • Shower or bath once daily.
  • Wash hair regularly.
  • Wash hands often.
  • Shave regularly.(Teach Your Teen Son to Shave or Teach Your Teen Daughter to Shave)
  • Brush hair at least daily and get a hair cut regularly.
  • Clip and groom nails once a week, fingers and toes.
  • Take care of any injuries as they happen and until they are healed.
  • Use personal hygiene products correctly, including: deodorant, feminine hygiene products, facial acne cleansers, etc.
  • Wear clean clothes and change underclothing daily.

Healthy Habits Your Teen Should Have

Parents, know that small bumps in the road happen when you are raising a teenager. For instance, your teen may not want to shower for a time or may want to pig out on pizza for weeks on end. It is okay to let good hygiene and healthy habits slide in small intervals, but encourage your teen to stick to the routine as much as possible. If you allow it to slide too long they can develop a bad habit and loose the good habits you have taught them.

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