The Scent of Small Children

skunkYesterday 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.

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About dirtyrottenparenting

I'm a parent of two lovely (most of the time) children. I work full time out of the home and I don't cook well, bake, sew, or do crafty things. I keep my high heels and jewelry at my office because there's no point in having them at home. I love Mondays because I can return to the world of adults, go to the bathroom alone and have nearly uninterrupted conversations with others.
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8 Responses to The Scent of Small Children

  1. Keep them safe, not bathed. Best line ever!!!

  2. doyourjob says:

    Absolutely! !! The stinkiest sub species of all is the “teenage male athlete”. Sweat coated (unwashable) football and lacrosse pads will burn every hair from the inside of your nostrils…and a few eyebrow hairs as well.

  3. Laughing. I remember people sniffing my babies’ heads and ooing, “Oh, I love that baby smell!” And my response often being, “Of… rotten milk and the sweat of my arm pit?” 😛

  4. emmacconway says:

    My daughter smells like cornflakes. My son salt and vinegary. Go figure…

  5. judithkingston says:

    Roald Dahl knew this. Only way of keeping children safe from The Witches is not bathing.

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