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6 Tips To Encourage Your Child Wash Their Hands


While adults know the importance of hygiene, children don’t. They often forget to wash their hands after using the toilet and this is a direct call on infections if they eat with that dirty hand. Whether it’s laziness, nonchalance or forgetfulness these kids find it hard to clean up after using the toilet but we as adults know the implication of lack of hygiene which is why we have to encourage them to wash their hands after using the toilet.

And here are some of the things you can do to ensure that your child wash their hands always;

 

1.  Make the sink accessible to them

The sink might be higher up and they might not be able to reach it, you can build a step or place a bowl on the floor and instruct them to wash their hand in it.

2. Constantly remind them

Kids can run out the toilet ready to get back to their food or play so you have to remind them constantly while they are in there. And with time they will always remember.


 

4. Make up a song

Make up a song that’ll talk about hygiene and why it’s good that they clean up always. The song is what they’ll remember even when you are not around them to clean up after using the toilet.

5. Let them make bubbles 

While they are washing, encourage them to make bubbles with the soap, this will keep them longer at the sink so they can wash thoroughly and trust them to always want to wash their hands because playing with bubbles is fun.

6. Explain the importance of good hygiene to them

Sometimes all you need is explain things to your kids and they’ll get a better view of it. Tell them that not washing their hands properly can make them sick. This might motivate them to spend a good 2 minutes running the tap and washing their hands.

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What To Do If Your Only Child Is Lonely


Unknown to most parents with one child, your only child might be lonely. Growing up as an only child, although I was never really lonely, I often get asked if I’m lonely. And my answer was always “No” but when I’m playing with my mates and they’re like “Don’t touch my sister” “Don’t beat my sister” I’ll then tell my mom, “Mommy! Give me a sister too” to which my mom would answer “soon” then she got me a dog.

To help your only child, do these;

1. Help them interact with their peer

If your children don’t relate with anyone else but you and other adults, they might have difficulty relating to their peers. Visit your friend and take them along, so they’d play with children of your friends. Encourage your child to play with your neighbour’s children too.

 

2. Don’t be overprotective

Moms with just one child are usually overprotective, fighting for your child when her mates beat her, rescuing her and telling everyone not to touch her will make her unable to fight her own battles. Step back and let your child live and learn to solve his own problem on his own.


3. Get a pet

You should get your child a pet, it won’t only keep your child company, but also teach them to be responsible, kind and loyal. If your family doesn’t have the time or the effort, don’t get a pet and suffer it.

4. Have reasonable goals for your child

Do not set unreasonable and unrealistic expectations for your child just because he’s your one and only child. Your hopes and ambition for your child should be in line with what he wants and his ambition, although you can assure him to try his best at everything.

5. Let your child make decisions

Making all the decisions for your child will not help them, as they get older, they’ll begin to depend on your input to make a decision and they won’t be able to think for themselves. help your child become an independent thinker right from when he’s a toddler. Give them chances to make little choices like what story they’d like you to read to them, what clothes they’d like to where and where they’d like to go on an outing.

How do you ensure your only child is not lonely? Please share!

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