Going back to school after a long summer isn’t much fun, let’s face it. If you’re a pubescent boy starting middle school or high school, multiple the potential misery 10x. How can parents boost a boy’s confidence? Little things help; men’s body wash and deodorant spray, for example. How does men’s body wash and deodorant spray build confidence? Oh come on, you’ve seen the Old Spice commercials. Guys who smell great feel better about themselves. And who needs a boost of confidence more than a puberty-ridden young boy setting foot in the big, scary world of middle school, junior high or high school?
I have two sons. Both were homeschooled through sixth and eighth grade respectively. Finally, when big sister went to high school, they prevailed upon us to let them try ‘real school’. I’m not a die-hard homeschooler. I think when the kid hits that age of discernment and accountability, he can start participating in decisions which affect his life. So ready or not, I signed the boys up to start 7th and 9th grade. I knew that I couldn’t hold the younger one back, with his older siblings going off to public school. Son two would be miserably lonely. He has a younger sister, but she was in first grade at the time. Not much company for a 7th grader. So we shed three homeschool kids in one fell swoop.
To help smooth the transition from homeschool to big boy, real world public school, I took them school clothes shopping and started them on ‘men’s body wash’. It was a rite of passage. I remember the first few days of school. The house reeked of AXE or Bod (I forget which I found on sale). On top of the men’s body wash fragrance, these two little dudes were a powerhouse of manliness. If confidence can come from a can, they should have been two of the most confident boys in school. Since then, the smell of men’s deodorant body spray makes me think of ‘back-to-school’.
School is trying enough and teen boys in puberty start to sweat and smell pretty ripe. No sense adding hygiene worries to the stress of growing up. Spend a few extra bucks and get your boys their own personal men’s’ body wash and a can of men’s’ deodorant body spray. It makes no difference what brand: AXE, Bod, Alpine Extreme (Wal-Mart), Adidas, Gillette and Old Spice are just a few brands. Local stores also carry their own store brand. Get a fragrance he likes and stick with it. Really Ripped Abs and Rock Hard (ghastly name, I know) were two of our boys favorites.
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