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?