Setting up a routine of healthy habits when your kids are young can create habits that last all their lives.
Teaching your child good hygiene habits and health goes hand in hand. But this can be tricky when you have kids who are fussy about routines. Until they have grown and can take better care of their health and hygiene, their well-being is in your hands. This will seem like a challenge, but there are ways to make this journey more fun and easy for both you and your kids. Get started on this journey with these hygienic grooming habits for your child.
Teach Your Child These Hygienic Grooming Habits
1. Basics First
We hear this all the time but the importance of hand washing cannot be stressed enough; especially to your child. This is a basic hygiene routine that includes washing your hands with soap before and after eating, after using the bathroom. This routine can be made fun by making up a song with your child that indicates hand-washing time. Fun right? Definitely is for your child.
2. Make it fun
We all know that kids have a very short attention span and memory. But what better way to get them to remember healthy hygiene than to make it fun. Incorporate their favorite animals, activities or even cartoon characters in their daily grooming activities. Make sounds, dance; whatever it is to make it fun for them to look forward to and remember. You may even find them reminding you of these healthy hygiene habits.
3. Be the First to do it
Children observe a lot of things and will usually repeat what they see their parents doing. This is a chance for you to invite them to wash their hands or brush their teeth with you. You may also like to join them or even include the whole family when they do their routine.
4. Explain the importance of good hygiene
Kids can better understand the importance of good hygiene when its importance is explained. This can also be made to be fun, although you don’t have to include all the gory details about germs and diseases, you can make them understand the basic ideas of health through illustrations using their favourite cartoon characters or toys.
5. Make it interesting
There are a lot of visual and interactive resources that can teach your kids how to take care of themselves. These range from apps where they have to dress, bathe and feed a character. You may also try story books that teach them how to take care of themselves. Less pressure on you for sure.
6. Make it special
One way to keep healthy hygiene routines going is to make it special and engaging for your child. This can include buying soap that is represented by their favorite advert or cartoon character; even buying toothpaste with their favorite flavor. Another great way to make it special is to buy matching wash clothes and toothbrush. You know your child better, you know what will make him/her happy and engaged.
7. Repeat this every day
When these tips are done repeatedly, it becomes a part of their daily lives. They will do these without you even having to remind them.
Making the journey as fun and engaging as possible is the core principle in making it easier to teach your kids good hygiene habits. Start with the simple things, make them fun and special, join in the fun and repeat these daily, and soon you will have a healthy child who can groom him/herself daily.
YOu can take these tips a step further and come up with your own routines and keep your child on their toes so anticipating daily grooming time becomes a more than welcome part of their learning. If you do have tips of your own, share it with us, we’d love to hear from you.
This post was sponsored by Dettol, visit their website for more tips on family hygiene and healthy living.