Letting your daughter shave her legs may be a cosmetic thing, but it’s also hygienic as well, so it’s an easy decision to come to when the time is right. I began shaving my legs in the 7th grade, which is about average. The common rule of thumb is when your daughter needs to start wearing deodorant for her maturing armpits, she’s probably ready to start shaving her legs as well to learn proper hygiene for her growing body.
When your daughter comes to you freaking out because she has sprouted a course hair “down there”, it’s time to take her out and buy her a razor. Soon her armpits will look like a forest, and her menstrual cycle isn’t far down on her scary path to adulthood, so implementing shaving her legs when her body starts sprouting hair is a great time to start teaching her hygiene beyond washing behind her ears.
Some parents let their daughters shave their legs in grade school, which I find ridiculous unless their daughters are also sporting their period along with it. Most girls begin puberty at around 11 to 14, so that’s a more realistic time to consider leg shaving. Keep in mind that you’re not only just letting your daughter shave her hairy legs because she doesn’t want to be made fun of at school, you’re also teaching her to take more adult care of herself, like bathing or showering more often, combing her hair, wearing deodorant, and changing out her underwear and socks on a daily basis.
It’s a serious transition when one minute your daughter is just a little girl, and the next minute she’s a hairy, menstruating beast with frightening changes in her body and emotions she cannot control. Sit down with your daughter with a box of pads, a razor, her own bar of soap, and deodorant and let her know the changes she’s experiencing and why she is now ready to venture more into the world of feminine hygiene. It will make the transition into young adulthood easier, and your daughter will be proud to become “a woman” and take care of herself just like mom does.