How to Teach Your Daughter to Shave Her Legs For the First Time

Getting your daughter to shave her legs is not an automatic task to think of when going over your mental list of things to do to get her ready for high school.  Many girls may have shaved their legs long before this point, but I’m one of those mom’s who has a daughter that could care less about her hairy legs so I had to take it upon myself to let her know it was time.  Either way, at some point in their lives, every girl must shave her legs for the first time.

Shaving is something I do as a mindless act in the shower, so in gearing up for my tutorial I started thinking more about what I was doing.  That was a mistake! Taking the act out of a second nature thing and over thinking it caused me to get razor burn a few times from pressing too hard as I was trying to get a feel for the amount of pressure to tell her to use, and from either going too fast or too slow.

I eventually decided to just Google it, but all that brought up for me to read was sponsored advice from shaving companies saying that the best way to teach your daughter to shave her legs for the first time is to use their razor and shaving gel. Needless to say I abandoned all of that and eventually figured out some strategies of my own.  I wanted to share them with all of you who are just like me and needed the advice I couldn’t find.

Smooth legs in a summer canoe! You want your daughter's experience to be this carefree.

Smooth legs in a summer canoe! You want your daughter’s experience to be this carefree.

 

1. Do not make a big deal of this; for your sake and hers.

Keeping this as matter of fact as possible will save you from emotional trauma.  I think some people might like to make a celebration out of this right of passage, but for me I think it stinks that from now on she will have to shave her legs every day for the rest of her life (except in Winter when we all get a little lazy!). Her showers will now be longer and she will now be self-conscious about her legs and if you can see any stubble, or if they feel soft enough, not to mention any razor nicks.  Keep it simple and it will instead become a very normal part of her life. As an aside, I learned this lesson when I made a big deal with my son about going out to pick his very own deodorant because it was time.  He sobbed about it for hours!  Very loudly too!

 

2. Begin by shaving with an electric razor.

The hairs on an unshaved leg are pretty long, so going at it with a regular razor will take forever as it will get clogged up with hair.  We just used my husband’s razor that he has for his hair. My daughter was a little worried that it was going to hurt so I did a few passes on my own leg first to show her it was ok.

This is the electric razor we used.  She laughed hysterically from the ticklish vibrations it made on her leg.

This is the electric razor we used. She laughed hysterically from the ticklish vibrations it made on her leg.

 

3. Proceed to the shower for the real shave.

The electric razor doesn’t leave the leg perfectly smooth, but it makes for a perfect transition to the real thing.  Perhaps if you have a proper electric shaver made for legs and not haircuts you would be left with a smooth leg and then you could just leave it at that and proceed to this step the next time.  I had her wash up in the shower so her skin would be nice and soft.  I handed her the shaving cream and let her have fun loading her first leg up with it.  After years of shaving, I just use hair conditioner, but with the shaving cream it adds a better protection, an element of fun and it helps her keep track of where she has shaved as she moves around her leg.

This is only for demonstration purposes.  We shaved her leg in the shower, but this shows how the shaving cream prevents you from over shaving an area and getting razor burn.  Just use whatever razor you love the most and choose a shaving cream that's nourishing for sensitive skin.

This is only for demonstration purposes. We shaved her leg in the shower, but this shows how the shaving cream prevents you from over shaving an area and getting razor burn. Just use whatever razor you love the most and choose a shaving cream that’s nourishing for sensitive skin.

 

4. Be prepared to shave for her.

I passed my daughter the razor and told her what to do.  She asked me to do the first leg for her. I admit, I got really nervous inside after my previous botched attempts at thinking about the amount of pressure to use on my own self.  I just took a deep breath, said a little prayer and Voila! it all came so naturally.

5. Teach her to moisturize.

I gave her a big bottle of cream and told her the importance of using it as soon as she got out of the shower to avoid getting a dry-irritated leg feeling.

6. Follow Up.

Quietly take a peek at her legs the next couple of days.  If she hasn’t shaved them again and it’s obvious she needs to, just provide a gentle reminder in the same vain as teaching her how to do it in the first place.

Before you know it, shaving will just be a little added task to her routine.  For me, I’m gearing up to tackle her eyebrows next!

Planning A Dream Garden

I’m having some fun with the new Garden Sketch App, created as a garden design tool. I’ve been inspired to create a visual wish list for a future landscape that I WILL achieve one day thanks to their #DesignThis contest.  They will be holding a contest each week and this week’s challenge was to include a tiled patio space.

Most of you who know me understand that working outdoors with plants and critters is NOT my calling.  This is why you will see that I have made great use of their customized features to create a largely tiled backyard around a swimming pool! Of course, I couldn’t help but add a zip line over the pool for fun! I also love large trees and since moving to California I’ve been dreaming of having a fruit tree.  Our neighbours here have lemon, orange and avocado trees. Though I do realize that having these trees creates further critter battles as you have to harvest your fruit before the squirrels and birds eat them.  The point is, even a gal like me has ‘garden’ dreams.

I love that the App lets you make notes on top of your designs.  I'm already planning the menu for a dinner under my garden lights!

I love that the App lets you make notes on top of your designs. I’m already planning the menu for a dinner under my garden lights!

After all these years, I have yet to be able to do the entertaining at my house that I always envisioned when I thought of the ideal family life.  Our kids are in high school so we don’t have much time left to make this happen before they move away for college.  Seeing this garden plan in full colour has made me decide to put a plan in action!

Flaunting the Bluesy Goodness that I’ll Be Soaking in at the 2014 Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival!

So just to be a brat, here is a taste of what my day today will sound (and look) like at 2014 Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival at Deer Lake Park!!!  Happy Birthday to me!!!  (Otherwise known as ‘Listen to Me Obnoxiously Flaunt the Blues Day’ or ‘My Rob Jone‘s  Day’)

Some of the bluesy goodness of the artists that I have failed to share earlier this week …

Kicking off the day on the Main Stage …

Steve Kozak – 1:05-1:45 pm on the Main Stage

Purring already and the day has yet to have begun! mmm … mmm … mmm

The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer – 2:30-3:15 pm on the Main Stage

Have a feeling that these blues boys will have me cracking up!

Love their style!

Imelda May – 4:00-4:45 pm on the Main Stage

Yep!  I’d say, it’s good to be alive today!!!

Bettye LaVette – 5:30-6:20 pm on the Main Stage

This is just plain and simply a bit of awesome!

Big Sugar – 8:30-10:00 pm on the Main Stage

Parlez vous francais?!? Voulez vous le couchez avec …

Looking for me at Burnaby’s Deer Lake today?  Just follow the sound of purring!

2014 Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival Conundrums: Shakey Graves or Wide Mouth Mason

With the 2014 Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival tomorrow, they have left me with one more conundrum to ponder tonight … Shakey Graves or Wide Mouth Mason?!?  You see Shakey Graves takes to the Garden Stage in Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park on Saturday August 9th from 4:45 to 5:30 pm, the exact same time as Wide Mouth Mason jams on the Westwood Stage.  Really Burnaby Blues, you’re going to make me have to choose between these two great acts!?! ^%*%*R^&$!!!

Help me out here!  Shakey Graves or Wide Mouth Mason?!?

Shakey Graves

Can’t help but smile at a man who simply describes himself as ‘gentleman from Texas.’

Don’t be fooled though, he is not actually the strong silent type …

… and oddly doesn’t sound Texan!

Wide Mouth Mason

Really what more can I say then … SMILE!!!

Shaun Verreault is back at the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival!  This year as a part of Wide Mouth Mason!

So which stage would you pick???

2014 Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival Conundrums: Blind Boy Paxton or Chic Gamine

Next up on the conundrums and decision making that the 2014 Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival has presented me with is Blind Boy Paxton (on the Garden Stage) or Chic Gamine (on the Westwood Stage) Saturday August 9th from 3:15 to 4:00 pm at Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park?!?

Oh why oh why must they torture me so!!!  Do they not understand I want it all!  It is blues and roots after all!

So whom would you choose?

Blind Boy Paxton

California’s Blind Boy Paxton promises to whip us back in time to the days of ‘ragtime, ’20s jazz and Dust Bowl–era blues, delivering them through a dizzying display of virtuosity on guitar, piano, banjo, and lately, fiddle.’

His fiddle playing is certainly something to behold!  Just get a load of this …

And there’s his humour and mannerism from that same bygone era …

He certainly has me smiling!

Chic Gamine

Well as any Canadian knows, those long cold winter nights in Manitoba creates some F&*^^%$# FANTASTIC music!  And it would seem that St. Boniface’s Chic Gamine certainly fit that stereotype!

Described as ‘three angel-voiced girls plus one drummer boy’, I am admittedly questioning the ‘angelic’ with these smokey blues vocals …

Well … I do hear angelic in this tune …

… although I suspect most warm blooded Canadian males, at the hint of the French Canadian gal blues, are hoping these angelic voices come with devil’s horns!

So which stage would you pick???