I recently came across a video, and learnt about the Savlon Healthy Chalk Sticks introduced by Savlon. After using the chalk stick, the chalk powder left behind on the hands turns into a foam cleanser. Since, there is chalk powder on the hands, a child rushes to wash his hands hurriedly, but when he watches the chalk powder turn into soap like cleanser, he rubs the soap thoroughly before rinsing it off. This is an innovative invention to teach a child the importance of basic hygiene of washing hands. Watch the video here
When the child watches the chalk powder turn into soap, he takes a moment to understand the importance of using a soap for better cleaning. If he uses this chalk stick often, it is imprinted in his psyche that the right way of wasting hands is with a soap, he is likely to use a soap each time he washes his hands. Such creative ways will never fail to inculcate good hygiene habits into a child.
In a child’s developmental process play equals learning and hence, a mother cannot eliminate the soiled hands, dirty feet, filthy clothes or the muddled homes. On the contrary I believe a mother must instil good hygiene habits to follow thereafter.
1) Be a role model
“Children have never been good at listening to their elders, but they never fail to imitate them”.
2) Use Rewards, but wisely
Reward your child abruptly for a desirable action performed by him. Make sure, you don’t confuse rewards for bribe. Use reward to display your pleasure for the act performed by the child, not to allure him into doing something he wouldn’t have otherwise.
3) Narrate stories with desired moral
As we plunge into Parenthood, our creative skill of story telling develops each day. I love to create my own stories of how the protagonist suffrerd great loss because of not maintaining hygiene and cleanliness. Make germs, bacteria and diseases the monsters in your story. Use animated gestures, voice modulation, exaggerated expression to hold the attention of your child.
4) Use technology
With appealing and educative video content available on the net, it has become easy for parents to reinforce good habits into children. There are a variety of stories and visually engaging resources available on the Internet.
5) Let’s talk!
Your child loves to have long meaningful chats with you. My toddler loves it too. I dedicate a few conversations to explaining the importance of basic hygiene like washing hands, bathing and cleaning. You can also talk about the repercussions of an unhygienic lifestyle.
6) Make it fun
As a teacher, I can guarantee, there is absolutely nothing you cannot teach to your child through play. Have fun, while when you make your child do activities he does not otherwise like. My son who would howl at bath times, now pushes me into the washroom every morning to enjoy his bath time. We make soap bubbles, layer lather into the bucket and splash water, and it’s not him alone who has fun.
7) Follow a routine
Incorporate brushing teeth and bathing into the morning and evening rituals, use washing hands and feet and a prerequisite to sit on the dining table. As your child thrives on these routines, these habits will become a part of his daily life.