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Embarrassed to Ask My Mom to Shave

I am 15 years and have never shaved before. I have given many clues, like my shirt's arm length is too small. I know she understood and gets the clue but all she says is "let's buy new shirts." I feel embarrassed to lift my arm and it's pretty annoying. I kinda think about this all day and I get very self conscious. I can't ask her because i know she got my clues but she isn't bringing up the topic of shaving my armpits.

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September 29, 20201 found this helpful
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At 15, if you think you're ready to shave, then you should be ready to stop dropping clues and just tell your mom how you feel. Just level with her about being self-conscious and embarrassed about your armpit hair, and tell her you are ready to start shaving and want her to teach you to do it the correct way so you don't knick yourself. If done in this way, she should be understanding and impressed with your approach, AND hopefully willing to teach you how. Good luck and be brave !!! Let us know how it goes with your mom.

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September 30, 20200 found this helpful
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Please consider that your mother has had you for 15 years and although you feel 15 is almost grown up, it's entirely possible your mother does not see you as 'almost grown up' and may not have any clue as to what she should be reading 'between the lines' when you make your comments about your shirts, etc.

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You will learn as you grow older that other people may not always understand what you're hinting at and it's usually better to speak frankly when you're discussing an important issue/problem.

Pick a good time for a discussion and simple explain to your mother how much this is bothering you and actually is embarrassing on many occasions.
I believe she will respect your honesty and appreciate the fact that you did not make this move on your own without consulting her.
Try something like this first and if she does not approve then maybe she will set a date when she feels you will be old enough for this move.

Just so you know;
Most girls start shaving younger than 15 - even at 8 years old but this seems very young to me - however - I really believe this is something that needs to be a discussion between mother & daughter as all children's bodies grow-up differently, big difference in maturity and family 'customs' may also be involved.

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Give your mother the benefit of the doubt and assume she did not take/understand the hints you've thrown her way.
Good luck.

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September 29, 20200 found this helpful

I feel like 15 is not too young to start shaving your armpits and legs for sure. I take my goddaughter to a salon and have hers waxed once a month. My granddaughter started the waxing process when she was just 13 because she had a lot of hair on her legs and it just looked nicer when she was wearing her skirts for cheerleading. I feel like you should just approach the subject with your mom and tell her that you are embarrassed to have all that hair under your arms and all the girls in the gym class shave and don't need to deal with this. Just sit down when your mom is calm and relaxed and have a conversation with her. Stop dropping hints and just come out and tell her how you feel and you want to do this.

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My mom was the same way and refused to listen to me at all. So I took it upon myself and just shaved my legs when needed. I would not recommend this one. I would seek permission first. When my daughter asked me to shave at the age of 13 we went shopping together and I told her to choose the razor she wanted to use. I always feel it is important that your child feel comfortable with their body and if they have excess hair under their arms or legs that they should be able to take care of this. Maybe you can ask her for some help in choosing a razor for you to use and this will start the conversation to help out.

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October 1, 20201 found this helpful

Communicate with your Mom on how you really feel. Not in Code! Explain to her that if it is the razor that bothers her, there are so many creams on the market for hair removal for regular and sensitive skin, that is less contact for injuries.

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It is just simply applied and rinsed off.

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