Stinky kids: Did your teacher request air freshener?

One of my kids’ teachers had air freshener products on her class wish list. I thought that was such a funny thing to ask for but we all know sweaty kids do smell.

I do have a concern about some kids being allergic to certain scents. Last Christmas, I bought Christmas tree scent air fresheners, and I had a massive allergic reaction to it when I plugged it in. (I’m allergic to trees so I guess they actually had some tree oil in it.)

Did your teacher request air fresheners for the classroom? Would you mind if your child’s teacher used it? Teachers, do you find it necessary to use air fresheners in the classroom? Are allergies ever a problem?

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FCM

August 15th, 2012
1:29 pm

Well my older child told me that the PE teacher sits the 4th grade down and gives them a “talk” about what room full of fresh from the gym 4th graders smells like….And deodorant plus sports shoes are the only requirements for gym in 4th & 5th grade. In their cases putting the deodorant on after gym is probably ok (no showers in ES anyway).

6th & 7th (thus far) you get the talk about the need to clean your pits after gym. Not sure they make them do that though. Oldest has gym 2nd period. I make her shower before bed, put deodorant on before I leave for work. She has body spray and deodorant in her bookbag. I said if you ever hope to get a date PLEASE at least put that on after gym it is better than nothing!

FCM

August 15th, 2012
1:30 pm

and no I am not advocating her getting a date in 7th grade….but let’s face it nobody is going to let her live it down from now until graduation if she stinks. I was telling her to plan for the future.

I think it might have gotten through, not sure. I do know she ran up got her sister a “spare” deodorant and said to make sure to put it on after gym today (4th grader).

The Dixie Diarist

August 15th, 2012
1:34 pm

Thank you, Kat and gtmom and Theresa! Obviously, I have extensive experiences with these quaint teaching moments … and exercise the demons by writing about these true experiences when I get home. Hold your nose and enjoy the next installment … of many …

A BIT TOOTISH, ARE WE?
Miss Velvet marched into my classroom today out of breath and asked if I had any room spray because she’s really had it with them farting all the time in her class.

I thought for a moment … What advice do you give a fellow teacher whose students know they can constantly get away, every day, with farting the moment they walk into her class? Obtain a flame thrower? A Taser?

I think they’ve won, and when they’ve won around here there’s not much you can do to come back. I told Miss Velvet I didn’t have any room spray … I reached into my teacher’s drawer of snacks and headache pills and chewing gum … and pulled out my can of Old Spice “After Hours” body spray.

Miss Velvet said … So yours fart, too?

Nope, I said. I don’t allow farting in my classes. I just like the way this stuff makes the air smells. Super sexy.

Miss Velvet gave me a certain look.

I tossed her the can.

She huffed out.

I guess I just gave my colleague the advice she needed.

http://www.adixiediary.com

FCM

August 15th, 2012
1:34 pm

@ Voice….if you look at MJG’s post like you would trying to talk to an ADD child it helps.

@ MJG I say that with love, because I do enjoy most of your post (even when I don’t agree).

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
1:35 pm

@jarvis…I adhere to this old saying…after 3 days fish and guests both smell. We never stay with family. They rarely stay with us either. That is mostly due to the fact that everyone, except my sister here, lives 500 plus miles away and no one knows how to get here…we only know how to get there :). Good luck!

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
1:51 pm

@FCM…haha! My chiropractor( sp?) tell me that I am the only person who can make her laugh. I know I am random on topics and that few can keep up with me. Sometimes I forget, myself, what I am saying.

Sorry for the double post jarvis…the first one looked like it disappeared and I did not want to type it all over.

@Dixie…I always love teacher stories…whether the actual truth or tales spun on the truth. Teachers may see things a bit differently sometimes.

FCM

August 15th, 2012
2:05 pm

@ MJG….I have an ADHD child.

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FCM

August 15th, 2012
2:48 pm

er…I mean I have a ADHD child so I have no problem keeping up with your stories.

101st Airborne (and proud of it!)

August 15th, 2012
3:17 pm

@HM & Kat earlier…
Ladies, although yes, this is a “Mom” blog, I felt compelled to reply during my perusal of today’s news (and no, it is NOT sports; rather, the ‘opinion’ section)–

Not trying to be “snide” but since WHEN are back-school-lists “Mommy” territory only? Both my wife and i work and I make it my business to run spearhead on ALL things related to my first-grade son’s schooling (to include PTO, back-to-school lists, parent-teacher face-to-face meetings, all that.). I do take offense at the continuation of your typical male-stereotypes (perpetuated by a fair percentage of women). I for one, am proud of being a “true”, stand-up male–I’ve fought in combat, killed the enemy, changed diapers, fed babies, AND did/do 95% of all the cooking in my home.
The perpetuation of the dumb male who typically sits around, drinks beer, watches football the entire weekend, passes the buck when the baby’s diaper has a whole load of poop in it (oh, and i forgot–HAS to have a “man-cave” to “unwind” in), will only continue if women do not demand more of them. Tell your husbands to get off their butts, do some exercise, and help with the kids (truly help, that is).
To address Kat’s comment that men/boys mistakingly believe that dried sweat does not stink, please rethink your opinion. I don’t feel this way and neither do many of the hundreds of other real men I’ve served with for the past 20 years. If a man or boy stinks in your classroom, call them out on it and drive on. I make it a point to do on-the-spot corrections in my classroom and my students respond quickly.
Gender-related generalizations such as yours are terribly hurtful, don’t do anything to help except further the nature of bitching in-general. I would posit a similar characterization about females–WHY is that by-and-large, many girls/women today have absolutely NO manners, cannot (for the life of them) acknowledge proper, mannerful behavior by boys (most likely because they’re engrossed in their texting or are simply narcicisstic and rude), and expect to get preferential treatment in the classroom by crying (when their research paper is a week overdue and counting)???
I apologize to everyone on this blog for what may appear to be ranting, but really people, “smells” in the classroom? This generation’s children have alot at stake (and much learning to “make-up” for) than this.
Here’s a suggestion for another blog: let’s talk about the unfair shake many men/fathers are being dealt by the type-A, overbearing (and well-outfitted–superlarge SUV, cell-phone glued to the ear, huge diamond, etc.), and similarly rude mothers at your average school who dominate any and all school-related discussion (because “you’re just a man, we’re MOTHERS…”

The Dixie Diarist

August 15th, 2012
3:31 pm

I just touched knuckles with you, 101st Airborne! From the archives …

One day, right in the heat of a parent-teacher conference, it finally happened: a high-maintenance mother answered her cell phone and started talking as if she was the only person in the room. We all looked at each other, dumbly. I finally said to the mother as sarcastically as I possibly could, and with a sarcastic wave of my hand … Oh, please. Take your time. She did.

http://www.adixiediary.com

101st Airborne (and proud of it!)

August 15th, 2012
3:39 pm

Dixie,
you made me smile. For some reason, I keep running into them more and more.
Have a great rest of today!

The Dixie Diarist

August 15th, 2012
3:44 pm

And one more for you …

From the archives …

One time I had a hot-body, but lunatic mother say to me about her son … Well, good luck with him, she said, because he’s one straaaaange little guy.

He really was one strange little guy, so I wasn’t shocked at all when she muttered those words to me. But, mom, right in front of him?

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
3:52 pm

@airborne…my husband also served in the military. I am considered Type A. He was home with our son, from the time he was 3 months until 2 years old. He worked nights and I taught Kinder. I had to trust him…no other options. We had no family nearby and could not afford childcare. It was his son too! We swapped shifts and everything turned out fine. Others know this but my son is now finishing Pharmacy School here in ATL.

YEARS later, he did forget to tell me that my Dad called and my Grandmother had died. My sister subsequently left me a message…”What do you want to do about flowers?” Huh…what flowers? Then, I told my Dad to call the kids and let them pass the messages along or leave me a message for me on my cell phone. Hubby said he was sorry but that he did not think I was very close to my Grandmother.

YES, there are really important topics out there but sometimes we tackle minor or humorous things here too. Please join us! You can certainly teach us some things we do not know! I admire you to :
“make it my business to run spearhead on ALL things related to my first-grade son’s schooling (to include PTO, back-to-school lists, parent-teacher face-to-face meetings, all that.)”

We once had men who complained, on this blog, that they were certainly too busy to attend parent teacher conferences as they had MORE important things to do….such as run a business. Guess fighting for our freedom is pretty low key…lol. I mentioned how nice it was to have a DAD in the school who would make time to attend!

Thank you for your service!

@Dixie…been there done that too :).

bug

August 15th, 2012
4:03 pm

Stinky kids equals poor or no parents.
Bad kids equals poor or no parents.
Bad kids learn bad things from other kids who have poor or no parents.

The Dixie Diarist

August 15th, 2012
4:10 pm

It’s why we teach, motherjanegoose! You can’t wait to see what’ll happen tomorrow!

jarvis

August 15th, 2012
4:31 pm

No sweat MJG.

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
4:41 pm

@ Dixie…on Tuesday a child said this to me…”You are beautiful…I want to be just like you!”
Not sure how true it is but YES, I will take it and remind myself of it when I am having a bad day!

sam lee

August 15th, 2012
4:54 pm

Oh, yes, I use air freshener. The only difference is; I purchase it myself. High school students coming from PE are gross. Many students do not know basic hygiene, nor do they care. I have had one student tell another that they stink and it made no difference. One time it was so bad, I called the mother and she said,”Oh, I thought it had gotten better” REALLY?

Super Dad

August 15th, 2012
5:02 pm

Perhaps if they mandated showers again after PE.

101st Airborne (and proud of it!)

August 15th, 2012
5:13 pm

Hey everyone,
thanks for letting me chime in with my two cents worth today. I do not normally post on blogs but I guess I was feeling like flapping my gums after a day of painting the house (started a week before my students’ finals and am still at it).
Hats off to all who teach. Cheeers.

MA

August 15th, 2012
5:29 pm

Someone mentioned smoke. We have 3 out of 24 K kids who wreak of smoke. SAD!!!!!!

the red herring

August 15th, 2012
5:34 pm

Mamma S– just be grateful the teachers are teaching your kids some hygeine—you might wish to consider thanking them and try teaching some of that at home. i’m sure the kids come in smelly at times. this subject reminds me of an old high school football story. when in high school we had a small outbreak of staph on the football team. our coaches made us use a product similar to chlorox in the shower (much milder) —also sent us home with all our washable football uniform parts with instructions to tell our mothers to wash all of it in hot water and chlorox. well one of our players mothers really took that to heart and washed his several times with double chlorox— his jersey and pants simply fell apart the next time he tried to insert pads in his pants and put his jersey over his shoulder pads—from then on his nick name was CHLOROX…..stuck with him all thru high school.

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
5:42 pm

@ MA…that would be me. My FIL is a chain smoker and you cannot breath in the house. I feel so sorry for kids that live in that environment. Do you teach here metro ATL? My daughter tells me that many UGA students smoke. I do not get it.
@airborne…drop in anytime…I enjoy your posts!
@red…that was a great story!

MA

August 15th, 2012
5:59 pm

@MJG – yes, I teach in metro ATL. My mom was a smoker, but, I don’t ever recall any of us(very large family) smelling like smoke like the kids do now. Maybe we did, and we didn’t realize it. I do remember our friends being amazed when they came to our house and saying, “Wow, I didn’t know your mom smoked. It doesn’t smell bad in your house”. My mom put cruets of vinegar in each room and we didn’t know why until we were older and our parents told us it was to keep the smoke at bay. It worked.

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
6:12 pm

@MA let me know if you are interested in having me visit your school. I am in Gwinnett but am all over the metro. Shoot TWG an e- mail she can forward it to me.

MA

August 15th, 2012
6:27 pm

@MJG – I would love it, but, I’ll have to ask my Principal. I’ll e-mail TWG for your info(flyer, letter, etc.)
Thanks!

newblogger

August 15th, 2012
7:40 pm

I just had this conversation with my fifth grade class today. I explained how their bodies were changing and that after coming in from a 1:00 recess they might be a little sweaty. I told them that it was o.k. if they wanted to bring a little deoderant and sneak off to the bathroom to freshen up. We call it a little D.O. for your B.O.

Teacher, Too

August 15th, 2012
9:18 pm

I buy my own wall flowers. I change the fragrance with the season. I’ve never had anyone complain about the scent…in fact, the way the boys spray on the AXE stuff, it probably is a welcome relief to the girls! And boy oh boy, middle schoolers (especially 30+ in a room) do smell after PE. In fact, just like the elem kids, there are quite a few who don’t bathe, brush their teeth, or wash their hair. Finally, it does no good to bathe if the clothes are dirty and smell.

So, yes, I buy my own wall flower refills, plug it in by my desk, and the fragrance is not overpowering to the rest of the room.

Momcat

August 15th, 2012
11:18 pm

Teacher hasn’t asked for anything but the PTA has asked for $100 donation… To help pay for refreshments on meet the teacher night and to have the class roster laminated. Such worthy expenses. I’d rather pay for air freshener.