How to Help Your Teen Handle Their Grooming Problems. If you have a daughter who, instead of being proud of her height, she hides her stature by slumping around the house with her head down and her shoulders hunched forward. You are afraid that she will have a grandma’s hump by the time she’s 20. How can you convince her to sit straight and stand tall?
Save your breath and your relationship with your daughter by keeping quiet about her poor posture. Kids with relatively harmless habits rarely respond to parental pressure or logical reasoning. Instead, it would be wiser to attack the Grooming problem indirectly. Get your young lady involved in an activity that will promote good posture.
Dance, which requires a straight back and a poised neck, would be ideal for her. If she isn’t interested in toe shoes, try modern tap or folk dance. Gymnastics, yoga, judo-karate or any sport that enhances physical power and grace will have the same effect as dance. So will team athletics like volleyball, basketball and softball. Voice lessons and choral groups are also helpful because good vocal production requires good posture. Mime and theater classes teach proper body use and awareness as well.
Let her choose whichever she prefers. The friends she makes in these activities will help her discard her old habit in favor of a proud bearing.
Supervision on Hair Color
Adolescents like to experiment with hair color, the same way they like to try on clothes and begin to use makeup. Even boys, who once would have been laughed at for peroxiding their hair, now buy hair tint.
Parents may not approve of their 13-or 14-year-old wanting to change hair color. But what if their child is convinced that some highlights would change the way he or she looks and feels?
Teens should use highlighting or temporary color only, and here are safe bets:
• A hair-painting kit with a paintbrush or a mascara wand. Hair can be streaked and highlighted instead of completely colored.
• Temporary color that washes out in one shampoo.
• Semi-permanent color that is shampooed in and washes out after six or seven shampoos.
Parents should supervise any hair-coloring process at home, even though the products are simple to use and have easy-to-follow instructions.