Body care practices are first learned from our primary caregivers then fine tuned as we grow up. Whether being mocked/teased or an unfortunate experience, we adjust the way that we care for our bodies in order to be socially acceptable. Although our intentions are good, we still may be missing the mark – but not through any fault of our own.
Of 500 people surveyed, 82% stated that they didn’t receive specific instructions regarding body care from their primary caregiver(s). In fact, a majority of this population confirmed that they are merely mimicking what was done to them as children. The soap used, order in which they wash their bodies or duration of bath/shower time are all (mostly) the same as when they were younger. The only changes they made were due to health concerns, change in activity level or an embarrassing event.
Despite health or social hurdles, over half of the 82% are parents who confirmed that they also didn’t have specific conversations with their kids about body care. The 18% who received specific instruction continue the body care practices they were taught and all of them have had this conversation with their own kids. So, it begs the question “Why don’t more of us have these specific conversations with our kids?”
We teach kids to walk, talk, eat and dress themselves, body care should be added to that list. Proper body care is an essential part of our health and wellness. So, it is important that we maintain good practices on a regular basis. In order to improve the overall health of our society, we must also equip kids with the best possible body care information. They will grow up to be adults who can better care for themselves and others.
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