Teaching your kids the importance of good hygiene habits can be a difficult, almost impossible, task. Most kids don’t get the point of brushing their teeth, washing their hands, smelling nice and taking a shower regularly, and find it extremely tedious and boring. Nevertheless, it is important to teach kids the importance of being hygienic and clean and ensure that this becomes a habit with them.
We have listed here a bunch of ideas about how you can encourage your child to practice good hygiene habits.
1. Teach Them The Basics
Handwashing is the most important, but unfortunately also the most ignored hygiene habit. Kids have to be taught to wash their hands several times a day - before and after meals, after playing and after using the bathroom. They also have to be convinced to use soap. You can make this fun by asking them to hum to a tune or count the number of seconds that have passed by while washing their hands.
2. Make It Fun
Make all the hygiene habits as fun as possible - have a runny nose competition to see who can blow their nose the longest. Shampoo their hair and make shapes with it. Make brushing their teeth into a dance move with their hands. The more fun it is, the more willing kids are to do it.
3. Set An Example
Kids learn the most by observing and imitating. Do that. Set an example for your kids by practicing all the hygiene habits yourself and let them watch you do it. Brush regularly, comb your hair, wash your hands - and ensure that they are watching you while you’re doing it.
4. Make It Special For Them
Does your kid like Ben10? Get him/her a Ben10-themed toothpaste. Is s/he into princes/princesses? Then get them a prince/princess toothbrush. If they like Chhota Bheem, get them a Bheem-themed soap/shampoo. Make it exciting for your kids to use these products.
5. Have The Talk
Kids listen and follow better when they know the reasons for what they’re doing. The same applies here - sit down and talk to them about the importance and necessity of good grooming and hygiene habits. Convince them that it is important and necessary, and also tell them about the repercussions of it if they don’t follow these. Tell them about the possible diseases that they could get affected by and mention the scary and gross details. This should convince them about following these well-meaning practices.
6. Make It Routine
If you make good hygiene habits a routine, kids are more likely to follow them. Most habits originate by doing it repeatedly, so make sure that you are by the kid’s side when s/he does these activities until you are sure that they’ll do it on their own.