I take showers to think – Do Teens Not Need To Think At School?

The teen came home from school yesterday (her new school) heading for the shower as she’d had PE at school. The Mr and I gave each other ‘that’ look. The one which means we can’t be bothered getting into this with you again. Apparently her last school ‘didn’t let’ them have a shower after PE. We never for one second believed her.

This has become a real bug bear of mine. Schools and showers.

On the (getting rarer) occasions that I exercise I want, no. I need to get in the shower afterwards. I wouldn’t ever not do. I would imagine this is the case for most people? Not at schools it seems. It seems that doing sports – getting sweaty, dirty, muddy etc – then just putting your uniform back on is perfectly normal. As is then staying like this for up to 6/7 hours afterwards is perfectly fine. Sigh.

This to me sounds pretty gross. Teens smell. There I said it and this is not helping.

After a quick search to see if this is a common thing I found a thread on a parenting site that started off with something like : (I imagine a sulky face and stroppy voice here) ‘ Does anyone else’s child’s school subject them to humiliating showers?????!!!!???’

My first thought was WTF?

I’m pretty sure the teachers are a lot more relaxed about it these days and don’t send them all in and stand at the entrance making sure they get in. I wouldn’t be surprised if the showers nowadays were cubical or have a shower curtain around them.

My second was where can I buy a ‘humiliating shower’? B&Q?

This sounds like the kind of shower I want in my bathroom. How does it work? Does it shout insults at you while you wash? Cool!

My third thought is this isn’t the kind of thinking I’d want to teach my kids.

It’s almost telling them that being naked is humiliating. That their bodies are something that they should hide away and be ashamed of.

My final and continuing thought is URGH! Teens smell. Make them have a bloody wash!

Mine will spend hours in the bathroom at home doing god knows what. Is it really that unreasonable to expect her to shower after PE? I think not.

So what do you think? Should they be told to shower or am I being a clean freak?

Is this just a girl thing or do boys not shower either?

After the Playground
  1. 8 months ago
    Amy @ Arty apple

    Where can I buy a humiliating shower? B&Q? – Actual LOL. Haha love it!

    • 7 months ago

      Amazon must have them. They sell everything!

  2. 7 months ago
    Cal at Family Makes

    Great title! I wonder how many people would purchase a humiliating shower?! I remember in my school days that we used to run through the showers as fast as possible, with the PE teacher sitting on the changing room wall to make sure everyone went through. I don’t think anyone actually got clean, and there wasn’t any soap or shower gel in sight. I do hope they are better these days. Maybe humiliating, but better!! #TweensTeensBeyond

    • 7 months ago

      Thanks for your comment Cal. When I was at school we had cubicles – not with curtains or anything – they were only open on one side and we all took our own shower gels etc.

  3. 7 months ago

    Lol! My experience with showers at school are exactly the same as Cal’s. The PE teachers took almost a vindictive delight in watching poor, embarrassed pubescent girls run through the communal shower as quickly as possible. However, when we WANTED to take a shower (because I grew up in the US Midwest & it was HUMID…ick!), there were no towels available. Counter-productive much?
    Give the kids a towel and perhaps a bit of privacy and let them get on with good hygiene. Jeez!

    • 7 months ago

      Haha. I’m not sure if they were actually being vindictive or we just thought they were as everyone/thing is against you as a teenager right? 😉

  4. 7 months ago
    Sharon Parry

    Do you know I never thought about this! What a good point. I’m off to ask my teens about this right now. I’m sure the school will say it’s all to do with child protction and timetable timing! Thanks so much for sharing with us at #TweensTeensBeyond

  5. 7 months ago
    Nicky Kentisbeer

    Interesting question indeed! I have a post in the making around hygiene! I have absolutely no idea what happens now in secondary school – we are yet to find out! But you are right – kids do stink. We had the open plan crusty humiliating scenario which we avoided at all costs. Thanks for joining us at #tweensteensbeyond

  6. 7 months ago
    Jo - Mother of Teenagers

    Oh I am so with you! My eldest has refused resolutely to have a shower at school over the years even if playing rugby in knee deep mud . He would literally come home take off his uniform and be covered in dry mud! Yuk! He is a hygiene freak and spends hours getting clean several hours a day but not at school, the reason being apparently that if you do you risk your uniform being thrown around, or confiscated. The other issue has been time – and this is the same with my daughter, they finish a lesson and have 5 minutes to get changed and to the next lesson which just isn’t enough time to jump in the shower. The schools need to address this but then again they then have to teach these smelly individuals so maybe they just don’t care. We were made to have showers after sport at school and yes they were open prison style showers, not gorgeous cubicles like my son and daughter have at their schools. Bizarre! Let’s start a campaign! #TweensTeensBeyond

    • 7 months ago

      Viva La Revolution!


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