Yesterday afternoon when I went to pick up the kids from daycare, I walked into my son’s room and was instantly overwhelmed. Overwhelmed with the scent of small children. It was a mix of odours; poop, pee, sweat, damp shoes and socks, glue, markers, and disinfectant.
I nearly gagged. Children stink. My children stink, but I put up with it because I love them.
I think children are supposed to stink. Like skunks, their horrible smell is a matter of ensuring safety. No one is going to abduct a stinky child never mind get near enough to lure them anywhere. The only people who can endure the stench are the ones who love the child.
That’s why it is so important for parents to stop and think before they bathe their children. Bathing children every day could put them at unnecessary risk. We are careful to only bathe our children twice a week, and only if their odour becomes unbearable to us as parents.
Remember parents: Keep them safe, not bathed.