Shaving legs for a young girl

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Registered: 01-28-2004
Shaving legs for a young girl
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Mon, 02-16-2004 - 12:09pm
At what age do you think shaving legs is appropriate for a young girl? I have a dd who is 10 that is asking, because her dark hair on her legs bothers her.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 02-16-2004 - 4:18pm
my DD started shaving at 10 because her legs were VERY hairy. I thought it was young, but her legs were really hairy, and she had self-esteem issues at school last year anyway... so I let her do it.

Laura

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Registered: 08-20-2003
Tue, 02-17-2004 - 12:18am
My DD, also 10, has been bugging me since this summer.

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Registered: 04-05-2004
Tue, 04-06-2004 - 9:25pm
Hi, I just wanted to throw in my 2 cents here. My dd and I recently attended a Heart to Heart seminar for Moms and daughters. They brought up the issue of shaving legs. Basically, it comes down to its a personal decision, and it depends on how much it bothers your dd. The big thing is to make sure if you let her do it, show her how. They said you dont want them to do it at a sleepover or something like that and have scars to prove it.

As for my personal experience, my Mom wouldnt give me permission to shave (and I was 12)and I had dark hair on my legs. She had me bleach it instead. That only lasted so long and I ended up doing it anyway. I think as long as she is willing to handle the responsibility of it, go ahead and talk about it seriously.

Good luck in your decision!!

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Registered: 04-11-2004
Sun, 04-11-2004 - 11:50am
I also think shaving legs is a personal decision between the mom and the girl. I began shaving when I was 9 (!) because of something embarrassing a boy on a beach said to me. I didn't ask my mother, I just did it! Thankfully, my daughter asked me beginning when she was nearly 10 and I told her to wait until this summer, figuring that she did not need to be as concerned about it during the winter. She hasn't forgotten and wants to shave before capris and shorts are weather-appropriate. She'll be 103/4. It's pretty young, I agree, but she is very self conscious about it and unfortunately, I can relate to this.
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Registered: 04-11-2004
Tue, 04-13-2004 - 12:48am
I say let her go for it. If the hair is a self-esteem issue for her, it'll make her feel better. Show her how so she doesn't cut herself. After shaving for a few weeks, she may decide it's not worth the bother. And if she continues, then it was important to her.

Stephanie, CL of the Dating as a Single Parent board: http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-p