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When they're old enough to do it safely. When I was growing up the average age was about 5th or 6th grade. I may let my girls do it earlier, or may introduce waxing or something, a little earlier if they have really thick dark hair like I did. I already know I'm going to have to pluck their eyebrows early on.
I was in sixth grade so I was 11, I think that is a good age. As they prepare for puberty the hair tends to get a little darker. If they start asking when they are a little younger maybe let them do it once in a while when you are supervising so you can make sure they do not cut themselves. Their hair should not grow that quick and they will not want to do it every day.
My mother told me that I couldn't start until I started my period, or until I turned 13 whichever came first, but prior to both happening, the hair on my legs turned from blonde to black and I was getting made fun of, when I told my mother she then showed me how to shave, I think I was ten at the time
It depends on the girl and the legs in question. I certainly wouldn't force a girl to shave her legs if she doesn't want to do it, no matter what the hair looks like. Listen, if your ten year old has legs that get mistaken for Sean Connery's chest, but she doesn't care - then why are you stressing about it? Clearly, she is settled enough with herself and her body that she couldn't care less what her friends or the other kids on the playground are saying. Why instill a sense of shame for something she isn't ashamed about? On the flip side, if your ten year old is sobbing every night because her legs, which sport only a fine layer of down, are causing unending teasing and mockery during gym class, bring on the razor. Or if that seems a bit much, maybe a lesson in self-esteem. Point is, there's no right or wrong time, and there's certainly not any standard "Thou shalt shave thy legs at age 12, and not before." It's very much dependent on the situation, the girl, and the culture she's in.