Children are so curious and observant, they watch what we do every day. They watch how we brush our teeth, comb our hair, use the toilet or bathe. We can use this to teach them good hygiene habits that will last through their adulthood. The first step is teaching them respect for their body and everything related to it. The second step is teaching them about cleanliness and grooming, which includes washing hands often with soap, brushing teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste (never once), using deodorant when necessary (no more than one time per week), wearing clean clothes without visible stains on undergarments (white underwear at all times!), practicing regular dental checkups in order to prevent cavities or other tooth problems, and trimming their nails at least once a week.
It’s important to start early when teaching children about hygiene and grooming habits; the sooner they learn, the more likely they are to stick with them for life. As parents, it is our responsibility to teach our children these valuable skills that will keep them healthy and looking good!
Some additional tips to keep in mind:
- If your child is resistant to brushing teeth, try making it into a game. Sing a song together while you brush or use an electric toothbrush that has a timer.
- When teaching children about handwashing, be sure to demonstrate how to do it properly. Show them the different parts of the hands that need to be washed and how long it should take.
- Children are often resistant to using deodorant, but you can make this easier by allowing them control over which scent they use or buying an all natural product without any harsh chemicals. If your child still refuses to use it despite these efforts, let him know that he can’t participate in physical activities until he agrees to put it on.
- Whenever possible, try to buy clothes that are easy to care for and don’t require a lot of special treatment (like ironing). Teach your children how to fold clothes properly so they stay neat and wrinkle-free.
Following these simple steps will help your children grow up to be responsible, healthy adults!