A sensitive topic

All the teachers in our school send home a weekly newsletter. Today, I found this:
Now I need to write about a sensitive topic. Some third graders are really starting to grow up. After gym class our room is smelling very unpleasant. It may be time to introduce your child to deodorant!
Deodorant? But . . . but . . . but . . . they're only eight and nine! Is it possible?

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Have any of you Blog Explosion surfers come across this guy yet? Oh ha ha ha!


  • Kids are maturing faster these days...I blame it on all the growth hormones in meat and dairy.

    posted by Anonymous Anonymous on 1:57 PM  

    Since body odor is linked to puberty, the first step is determining if they have started puberty. Keep in mind that girls typical start puberty between the ages of 8 and 13, while boys start when they are between 9 and 14 years old. So your son would definitely be too young to be normally starting puberty already.
    Signs of starting puberty might include breast development (in your daughter), pubic hair, or underarm (axillary) hair.

    I guess it's possible! Enjoyed looking at the blog link...

    posted by Blogger mrsd on 6:08 PM  

  • You do know your Streatfeild novels don't you! She is one of my long time favorites - I think I have all her books in the both the English and US editions (the text differs!) Thanks for visiting my blog.

    posted by Blogger GuusjeM on 6:55 PM  

  • mrsd: yeah, I don't think he's there yet. I suspect it's just general sweatiness that the teacher is noticing, not specifically armpit stench. And the notice was to the whole class, not just me. No reason to assume it's my child who stinks, right?

    GuusjeM: oh, that drives me crazy when there are different editions. Especially when they don't tell you. MANY pages have been deleted from Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever since I was little. No page with flowers any more, or houses or buildings. I still have our old original, now-coverless book to prove that those pages once existed. And nowhere does it say the book is revised. Mary Poppins (the book) is another example that comes to mind. I know the Mary Poppins revision was to make it more politically correct, and at least one of the Richard Scarry missing pages had some politically incorrect stuff on it.

    I wonder if you are also a fan of Arthur Ransome? Swallows & Amazons, by any chance?

    posted by Blogger Julie on 8:01 PM  

  • Oops. Julie, just to clarify, my first paragraph was 'research' from the web address I have listed. The pediatrician was answering a question about another person's son--not yours. I thought the ages for puberty were interesting so that's why I included the quote.

    posted by Blogger mrsd on 9:46 PM  

  • Hmm, well, I checked the link. Thanks for passing it along, mrsd! And, uh, it also mentions making sure they wear clean clothes. Ouch! I try, though. It seems like most days the first thing out of my mouth after "good morning, honey" is "is that a clean shirt?" He would rather pick something up off the floor than open his dresser drawer.

    posted by Blogger Julie on 10:03 PM