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Hygiene Routine Tips for Your Family

They say that good grooming and hygiene begins at home. And that is true! If your children practice good habits at a young age, it becomes second nature to them as adults. Personal hygiene is not just about looking and smelling good, it is about protecting yourself and the people around you from diseases.

Here is how you can develop a hygiene routine for the entire family.

Eating

If your child is old enough to hold items with their hands, start teaching them how to clean up after a meal like washing their hands, brushing their teeth, and putting away their plates. Make sure that the meals are given consistently on schedule so that they develop good eating habits, too. You can even ask them to assist in simple tasks in the kitchen.

Bathing

We are not here to argue whether a people should bathe everyday or not. Children are active, so yes, they need to bathe daily to keep germs away. For kids who are scared of taking showers, you can encourage warm baths, or you can let them bring bathtub toys to keep them distracted. You could also have them get used to bathing right before bedtime to make it part of their routine.

Washing Hands

Your kids should know when to wash their hands even when you are not around to remind them. Practice washing hands before handling food or eating, after sneezing or coughing or blowing their nose, after petting animals, after using the toilet, after touching any body fluid like urine or vomit, and if their hands look dirty from playing. You should also remind them to not touch their face if they have not washed their hands.

Brushing

Dental hygiene is a big deal because some adults who did not develop a good routine as children end up with bad teeth and smelly breath. Teach your kids to include brushing as part of their bedtime routine. They only need to brush twice a day, but most importantly before going to bed. Help them pick a toothbrush with their favorite cartoon character and a toothpaste with a flavor of their choosing so they do not get scared of brushing.

Clothes and Shoes

Your kids should learn how to change their clothes when they get sweaty or dirty. Remind them to change after playing or after getting home from school. Reward them if they place soiled clothes correctly in the hamper instead of leaving them on the floor. Other items like shoes should also be placed neatly on designated areas.

After School

Give your kids time to relax after school, not rush them into doing homework. After all, you would also want some time off after work yourself, right? After putting their things and clothes away, remind them to wash their hands before they can have a snack. You can also talk to them about their day while having dinner or letting them help in the kitchen.

Make Your Kids Listen

Effective Ways to Talk to Your Kids to Make Them Listen

 

The way you talk to your kids greatly impacts their cognitive and emotional development. The manner of your speaking when you’re talking to them shows them how you want them to speak back to you. So, if you want your kids to listen and be a courteous speaker later on, here are a few tips for improving the way you communicate with your children.

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  1. Use your child’s name more often

Your name is music to your ears, and your kids are no different to that. Plus, it helps get their attention before saying what you want to say. For example, “Sam, please get the remote.” Younger children can usually concentrate on one thing at a time, so it would be better to call their name first until you have their full attention before delivering your message. For example, “Grace (pause and wait until she looks at you), dinner is ready. Let’s eat.”

  1. Talk to them in a positive manner

Try not to use words like “no” or “don’t.” Instead, say something that corrects the action you don’t want them to do. For instance, instead of saying “No running inside the house,” try saying “Only walking inside, please.” While this requires practice and a bit of conscious effort on your part, it will all be worth it later on.

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  1. Give them choices

When you want your children to listen to you, give them the authority to be in-charge by providing them with options and letting them choose. For example, “Which homework do you want to do first, English or Math?” By letting her choose between subjects, you make your child feel as if she has choices, even though there’s really no room for negotiation whether to play or do her homework first.

  1. Be a good role model to your children

If you show good manners at home, your children will see how being good is done and will eventually follow them. Start with the basics, like saying “please” and “thank you.” Your children deserve the same courtesy that adults use with each other, so make sure to use such words before and after asking favours.

  1. Be gentle, but firm with your decisions

If you need to make a decision, talk with your partner and agree on it. Your kids may not like the decision you made, but they know it’s irrevocable and will not bother persisting or playing one parent off against the other.

Just like when we’re talking to our friends, talking to our children requires conscious effort in making sure that we are heard and understood in the right way. Since we want our kids to grow as respectful adults, while also developing a close relationship with them, it’s important to be mindful with our actions and the things we say to them.

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Food Safety Tips for Children

 

It is nice to involve children in all household chores. This will instil responsibility at such a young age. For instance, it is not wrong to let your children help in preparing food. In fact, it is better for the relationship because it can serve as your bonding moment. Involving your kids in the kitchen is better than letting them play or watch them have tantrums.

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Before getting their help, you have to introduce food safety first. Singapore is very strict when it comes to food safety so it is beneficial for your kids to learn and appreciate its importance. As a parent and food handler, you have to be strict about food safety because it can be the difference between health and sickness.

Here are some food safety tips that you can instil on your children:

  1. Hand washing: Hand washing is critical. It is not only applicable when handling or preparing for food. As much as possible, teach your child to wash hands as often as possible especially when preparing or handling food. You do not know where their little hands have been so hand washing should be a habit.

 

  1. Keep hairs away: Hairs are contaminants. Though it is not that detrimental, the fact remains that it is a foreign object and it can be the host to different food-borne illnesses. The best way to keep hairs away is to tie it so it will not fall into their eyes or in the food.

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  1. Supervise anyway: Never leave kids unsupervised in your kitchen. You do not know what they will do with that spare whip cream or reachable knives. There should always be an adult to supervise the kids. Remember to keep sharp objects out of their reach and stoves too!

 

  1. Look for kid friendly tools and utensils: There are many kid friendly tools and utensils available in the market these days so you will not have a hard time looking for one. Instead of giving them kitchen shears or knives, why not look for a small knife. When it comes to pot holders, make sure to secure small pot holders so kids can handle hot pots easier. For utensils, there are mixing spoons, spatulas and brushes designed for kids.

Remember that if you give your child something to do, he/she will feel appreciated and valuable member of the family. Do not aspire for your child to do well in the kitchen though. The fact that they are offering their hand is a good gesture and it should be treasured.

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