It is important for parents to introduce their children to hygiene at a young age. From brushing their teeth to washing their hands, teaching your preschooler hygiene will ensure they have a clean bill of health for years to come. Here are a few tips for teaching your child hygiene:
Practice hygiene together
The best way to teach a child is to lead by example. Therefore, you should practice hygiene with your child. When it is time for your child to brush their teeth, you should also brush your teeth. When you take your child to the restroom, wash your hands before leaving and encourage them to do the same. When a child sees their parents doing something, they will want to do what they see their parents doing. Practicing good hygiene together will be a great bonding experience, as well.
Consistency is key
Consistency is crucial for forming a habit. In order for your child to form habits around hygiene, you should make a schedule for these hygiene practices. Designate a time for your child to brush their teeth or bathe. Following a schedule consistency will establish expectancy with your child; your child will know they must brush their teeth after breakfast if they have already done so every day for a month. Additionally, your child will eventually complete these tasks without being asked to do so.
Make it fun
Children do not have the same attention span that adults do. Therefore, you must find ways to make monotonous activities entertaining. Make hygiene practices fun, so your child will want to participate in these activities! If your child dreads brushing their teeth, allow them to pick out a toothbrush they like. If your child gets bored in the bathtub, allow them to pick out a few bath toys that will keep them entertained.
At The Kangaroo Forest, we want our students to thrive in all areas of their lives. A child’s hygiene can affect their physical health and social interactions. Therefore, good hygiene practices will set your child up for success! For more information, contact us today!