Teaching your kids to stay neat and organized is a challenging task. You have to look for effective ways to convince them to follow your instructions. Unfortunately, most kids refuse to do as they are told, especially when it comes to performing proper hygiene. They would rather spend time scribbling or coloring on paper than brush their teeth. Some of them would also choose playtime over bath time. Because of this, some parents become frustrated, and they find it hard to motivate their children to take care of themselves. If you are also struggling with your kids, you need to think of a different way to convince them to practice self-care habits.
One of the most important things that you need to know is that a child’s brain is still developing. Most of the time, if they are asked to decide on something, they end up choosing activities that make them happy. That means they would instead continue playing than follow your request to take a shower. It’s challenging to keep them motivated to do other things that they don’t seem as fun. With this in mind, you can start finding a better solution to teach your kids proper hygiene. Here are some of the best ways to do this:
- Tell a story—Kids love storytime, especially when it involves heroes, kings, queens or princesses. For instance, to convince your kids to wash their hands as often as possible, introduce the concept of bacteria and viruses. Let them know that washing their hands with soap and water makes the “bad guys” (bacteria and viruses) go away.
- Inform them about the benefits of performing an activity—For example, if you want your child to exercise, you need to start letting them know why they need to do it. Encourage them to join your morning workouts and show them some simple exercise routines. While you’re at it, you can say things like, “We’re running so that we can have stronger legs.” “We’re jumping and dancing so that we can have the energy for playtime later.”
- Convince them that taking care of their health is fun—For instance, before you visit a pediatric dentist, you have to let your kids get an idea of what they can expect at the clinic. Let them know that they have to go to the dentist so that they will continue to have healthy teeth and keep their beautiful smiles. You can also tell them the negative results of not visiting the dentist. This way, they will be encouraged to stay motivated in doing regular checkups, cleaning, and teeth fixing. You can also do this trick for hospital visits. This way, they won’t feel scared whenever it’s time to get a health checkup.
If you want your kids to start practicing self-care habits, you need to show them how to do it. Set a good example and let them see how you take care of yourself. You can show them how to brush their teeth properly or clean their body during showers. If this doesn’t work, try to make “hygiene time” a fun activity. That means you need to make bath time, brush time, and other personal hygiene habits as fun as possible. Also, you can follow the tips mentioned above so you can make proper hygiene lessons simple and easy to follow.
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