Between the unscheduled days and late nights, summertime often means letting daily routines go by the wayside. But now that back-is-school is here, it’s time to establish a plan especially for tweens and teens.

Parents may assume that tweens and teens will somehow naturally know proper hygiene, but they don’t! This is a good time for parents to talk to their tweens and teens about establishing good routines. Following through with good routines is just one of the ways tweens and teens feel like they are independent and responsible.

Here are some ways of establishing good routines for tweens and teens:


Once puberty hits, daily showering becomes essential!  I find my tween forgets to wash his face properly. Remind your tweens and teens to concentrate on the face, hands, feet, underarms, and, of course, groin and bottom last. Washing under the fingernails is also important, as is keeping nails trim.

If your teen has oily hair, daily washing may help. Some tweens and teens can get away with not washing their hair every day, to prevent their hair drying out.

Prevent acne

Tweens and teens need to also be washing their faces with a gentle cleanser to help prevent acne.  For normal skin, use a mild cleanser or plain soap and water to remove dirt and sweat.  For oily skin, use a cleanser with an acne-fighting ingredient like salicylic acid, which can help control oil production.


When puberty hits, sweat glands become more active. The chemical composition of the sweat changes, meaning tweens and teens become stinky! Once the sweat smell becomes more noticeable, deodorant should become part of their daily teen hygiene.

Clean clothes

Remember when your kid would wear the same outfit two days in a row? Once puberty hits, wearing clean clothes each day is an important part of teen hygiene. Your tween or teen asserts his/her independence by choosing their own clothing and outfits to wear to school.

Establishing good routines for tweens and teens

Oral health

Teens can get pretty lax about brushing their teeth. But good brushing and flossing are crucial, especially if they’re drinking coffee and sugary drinks.  Bad oral hygiene leads to cavities, plaque and bad breath –  and those aren’t things your tween or teen would want!

The Philips Sonicare 2 Series Plaque Control Rechargeable Toothbrush makes it easy for tweens and teens to independently keep up with a good routine of brushing. The Sonicare removes up to six times more plaque than a manual toothbrush. It’s safe for dental work, including orthodontics, implants and veneers, so your tween or teen can brush without worry.

The slim, angled neck and easy-grip handle of this toothbrush help with better cleaning in hard-to-reach areas than a manual toothbrush. Brushing twice a day every day with this brush can help reduce cavities.

Because a twenty-second brush is not effective, the Sonicare features a special Smartimer to help your tween/teen meet the dentist-recommended brushing time of two minutes without mom or dad having to remind them.

Philips Sonicare uses dynamic cleaning action and patented sonic technology to gently and effectively reach deep between teeth for a superior clean you can see and feel. Switch to Sonicare 2 Series and remove 6X more plaque than a manual toothbrush.


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Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Philips via Mode Media Canada. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Philips.

Establishing good routines for tweens and teens


Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of, a leading lifestyle blog for women.


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