I can honestly say that I have been absolutely dreading the day we needed to approach the subject of Neil and Shaving. I knew it would be coming soon and it looks like that time is now..
For the majority of boys, shaving is one of those coming of age milestones in their life, that it signifies that they are growing up and becoming a man. However Neil isnt really relishing the idea of any of these changes at all, after all in his world change is not a good thing.. We have already had to approach many puberty related topics, from the likes of body odour, personal hygiene, the breaking of his voice, an abundance of body hair.. and I try to forget the conversation that was had about “morning glory”. He has already dealt with so many different age associated changes already and just as I thought we were done for the time being it would seem that we are now faced with addressing facial hair and shaving.
Now for me this seems to be the most difficult one to address as it brings with it a whole bunch of other issues. Firstly he doesnt like the look of this new facial hair, this physical appearance change just isnt working for him so he wants it gone. He also doesnt like the feel of it on his skin or when he touches his face which I can understand this, however the next hurdle faced is how are we going to deal with this.. Obviously we need to introduce him too shaving, or should that be Mark is going to have to introduce him to shaving? Let’s face it I’ve never been a teenage boy, Ive never needed to shave my face so I dont feel I am the most appropriate person to even attempt to teach him how to shave, and I dont feel that shaving my legs really counts.
Now shaving literally seems to be this complete minefield. Do we go for a standard razor or electric? What style of standard razor? How many blades? Will he like the feel of the shaving foam on his skin let alone the smell? Will he cope with the feel of the blade touching his skin? Will he cope with the feel of the blade pulling and and cutting the hairs? Is he likely to harm and cut himself given it’s a sharp blade? Will his motor skills affect him being able to shave? Would he be better with an electric razor? Would he cope with the noise of an electric razor, the vibrations that come from it or would they affect his SPD? There are so many questions, so many factors which I need to take into account.
The thing is when I question Neil to attempt to get any form of input all I get told is I dont know so what do I do? how do I even approach this? Where do I even start? Does anyone have any words of wisdom who has been in this position as I am at a complete loss.