Philips Wants To Know: How Do You Have “The Talk”? October 1, 2014 by UrbanMoms 1 Comment Boys are strange little guys. Some don't shower, some insist on using a whole bottle of body spray in one day and some will wear that Blue Jays baseball cap no matter the occasion. At some point, parents have to sit their sons down and tell them that maybe that awkward teen 'stache they have been sporting isn't their best look. At what age is it appropriate to introduce the topic of facial and body grooming with your son?*The 8-10 age range – the earlier the better, I always say!The 11-13 age range – just as they start to enter that hard-to-talk-to tween stage.The 14-16 age range – my son’s got a few stray hairs on his chin and maintenance is becoming a necessity.The 17+ age range – he needs to hold down a job at this point.How would you broach the subject of body grooming with your son?*I'd be blunt and tell him that unruly facial hair is a guaranteed way to stay single.I'd be subtle by leaving a shaver in the bathroom with a note about how I got it for him on sale.I'd be thorough... sit him down in the living room with the entire family, and have "the talk" just the once!I'd leave it for him to sort out on his own.Would you use your son's milestone birthday as an excuse to bring up their personal hygiene?*Absolutely! I've been waiting too long to tell him it's time to polish up!Yes, there comes a time in every young man's life...No, I'd let him enjoy his day and bring it up when the moment feels right.Definitely not that's way too harsh – well, unless he's been slacking on chores!Would you buy a grooming product for your son for their birthday?*YES! Thank goodness... I was completely stuck on what to get him this year.Sure, why not. It might be a nice change of pace from all the video games.I might try to think of something else first.No way, grooming products aren't for birthdays.CommentsThis field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.