Around what age should children shower by themselves?

United States
January 9, 2007 8:23pm CST
Around what age do you think children should shower alone? I have 3 boys, the oldest being 7. By alone, I mean not me in the room. He takes a shower by himself but I'm in the bathroom making sure he isn't squirting water everywhere and still helping getting the shampoo out of his hair.
5 responses
@sarah22 (3981)
• United States
13 Feb 07
i let my 7 year old daughter shower alone . i just keep checking up on her to make sure she is washingand not playing. as long as they are old enough to understand how to wash. then 6 or 7 is a great age.i think its safer than in the tub, they really cannot drowned. what do you think.
• United States
13 Feb 07
I agree. They're less likely to drown. We have a hand held shower head though that I'd be afraid he'd play and squirt everywhere but...he is getting older so he would probably be just fine.
• Philippines
14 Feb 07
i have three kids, 5 being the youngest. he bathe all by himself now. when they were young and i used to bathe them i always tell them the proper way to clean oneself so, when they were old enough to hold the soap without slipping it, i guess they got the hang of their mom telling them what to do next in bathing. they all do a good job!
@hasseyg (313)
10 Jan 07
I think that the right age is about 5 or 6.
@crystal8577 (1470)
• United States
10 Jan 07
My oldest is only 7 1/2 though she is a girl ( I have 3 girls). I think it will be a while until she can really get her hair done well since it is long & curly. At this point she does not mind me washing her hair. I think once it becomes an issue with her we will address it.
• United States
10 Jan 07
For us, usually around 10-11 they can shower, we do a double check to make sure their hair is clean and such, around 12 and older they should be good to go by themselved completly,