Last fall the middle school had a night where kids and parents went around re-enacting the kids’ school schedules. In between classes, the hallways were packed. I’m not one that will usually voluntarily be in a big crowd, so it was already awkward for me. It was then made even more awkward because of the terrible smell.
The smell of new teenage body odor is the worst.
That night I learned more than my kids’ schedules, I learned that most of those middle schoolers were not wearing deodorant. Or maybe their parents weren’t? (I’m going to extend the benefit of the doubt there.) I’ve been in crowds before, but never a crowd that smelled so intensely like body odor.
That night, I mentally added middle school teachers to people who I respect because they handle hard things. Kindergarten teachers are still at the top of this list, but anyone who has to smell middle school kids on a regular basis and also teach them stuff … that’s impressive too.
I joked to my family that middle school teachers should keep baskets of deodorants by the doors of their classroom and put signs on all the desks “Parking for Deodorant-Wearer Only.” Maybe something like this … 🤣🤣🤣
Occasionally, though it is becoming more rare, my teens are among the deodorant-forgetting group. Every time I can smell them, I say as kindly as possible “DEODORANT IS NOT OPTIONAL!” And if I’m feeling snarky I may add “I’m going to make you a printable to put on the bathroom mirror.” To that they always reply “Mo-ooom!”
Well, I did it. I finally did it. I made a printable. I thought it would be both helpful AND funny to the kids as they’re getting ready to go back to school.
I made it with two backgrounds, because why not?
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I was once their age. I kept a spare deodorant in my backpack at all times. Yes, I remember my little blue Secret in Powder Fresh as if it were yesterday. I’ll be encouraging such things for people I love this school year.
Maybe this printable can help you too. You’re welcome.