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Would you allow your 11 year old to shave her legs?

Do you think that is too young? She is half Puerto Rican and pretty hairy! She wants to, but do you think that is old enough?

Fri. Aug 25, 11:47am

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I remember starting to shave my legs when I was in 7th or 8th grade, but I'm fair skinned and the hairs were light. If she's self-concious about her legs and/or if she's being teased by other kids at school, I would let her. Just be sure to teach her how to use short, careful strokes. My biggest worry would be that she would accidentally cut herself. Good luck!

Friday, August 25, 2006, 11:51 AM

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I started shaving my legs about that age. I would let her, why not? Especially if she feels self concious about it.

Friday, August 25, 2006, 11:56 AM

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I started when I was 12

Oh I very much remember the agony of adolescent self-consciousness. I had fair skin and black hair and my mom didn't really want me to, but I told she didn't have to wear shorts for gym class! I bought razors and shaving cream out of my own money and just did it. Other girls can be pretty snarky about stuff like that, so I'm also in the 'just let her and teach her how' crowd.

Friday, August 25, 2006, 12:10 PM

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ok First off I'm now.. I never got what the big deal was. Could some Mother explain it to me please? If she has hair, and she thinks she should, then what is the big deal? Is it one of those mother complex's of trying to keep their kids young?

Friday, August 25, 2006, 12:20 PM

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I started shaving my legs the summer between 5th grade and 6th grade - between elementary school and middle school. All of my friends, pretty much, started shaving their legs then too. I think I was 10, almost 11.

My mom only let me use an electric razor though, because she was afraid that I'd cut myself. I think that lasted about a year.

Friday, August 25, 2006, 12:21 PM

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I would let her epilate, but I would wax her legs (you can do it for her). At that age, she's small enough that it takes much less time to wax the whole leg than it does for an adult (especially if she's only bothered about up to the knee), and it means she doesn't have to worry about it for a good 5-6 weeks. It also feels very soft when the hairs grow back, not annoying like stubble, so it can make her feel like the other girls who are probably not shaving yet.

It's really very, very, very easy to do -- and you might both find yourselves giggling over everything getting sticky -- it was quite the bonding experience between my mother and me.

Friday, August 25, 2006, 12:21 PM

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Hm. "allow"? I'm pretty sure she can go to a store and buy a razor or borrow yours. You may as well take this time to educate her on safe shaving practices =)

Friday, August 25, 2006, 12:21 PM

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I let my daughter shave and wear make-up at a younger age than I did. I remembered the peer pressure to fit in and look nice. I also believed that shaving and make-up were pretty minor issues, compared to the weightier issues that could come up later, and I wanted to save my goodwill with her for other issues, like perhaps drugs and sex, that might come up later. By the way, she's 21 years old now, and making pretty good decisions as far as I can tell.

Friday, August 25, 2006, 12:24 PM

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My daughter was 11 when I bought her first shaving kit. She is in a lot of sports and was starting to get uncomfortable with the way she looked. I taught her the proper way she should shave and take care of her skin. I also made it clear that once she started it was something she would have to continue. She is now thirteen. I don't regret it , it helped her feel more confident and has a parent I think its up to us to help them .

Friday, August 25, 2006, 12:36 PM

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Please consider teaching her to wax. As she is young, the hair is probably still rather fine and won't hurt. When I started to feel like a sasquatch (around her age. maybe 12.), my mother bought me those pre-prepared cold wax strips (these days I use an epilator), and I can't tell you how many friends say they wish their mother had done the same. As I've always removed my hair and not shaved it for years, there's barely any left. I go over them once a month if that, and shaving (and all it's costs!) has never had to be a part of my morning routine. Just another option...

Friday, August 25, 2006, 1:13 PM

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