Potty training is definitely one hurdle to get over but there’s another we don’t talk about as much: getting your kids to wash their hands. It’s like we’re asking them to run through fire. Just put your hands under the running water, pump the soap, and scrub. It’s really not that hard, kiddo.
My kids do not like washing their hands. It’s like I’m robbing them of 20 seconds of their lives they can’t get back: I can’t reach the sink. The water’s too hot. The water’s too cold. I wanted hot but it came out cold. There isn’t enough water. There’s too much water. I don’t like the color of the sink. Why is there an H on there I can’t use it. The soap’s not working. The soap hurts my hands. I can’t see my face in the mirror. I want to use sanitizer instead. And so on.
At first I tried singing fun songs but let me tell you Happy Birthday got real old real fast. I tried scare tactics. “You’ll get sick if you don’t wash your hands.” Kid’s this age don’t really comprehend the risks behind that statement and are probably thinking “Sweet, I get to stay home and watch TV.” I had to get more creative. Here are four tips I use to get my kids to just wash their hands:
1.) Teach them how to blow soap bubbles in between their fingers. They won’t leave the sink for at least 5 minutes.
2.) Put a smiley face on the back of the hand with a marker – ask them to try and make it disappear.
3.) Let them pick their favorite soap. For us that’s Seventh Generation. I love the beautiful packaging and they love the yummy smell. (Plus they foam up really well which is crucial for Tip #1 and they actually work which is crucial for Tip #2) Learn more here.
Bonus Tip: Can be used as bathroom wall art
4.) Put a small rubber ducky by the soap. They have to “give the duck a bath” which means they will be rubbing their hands under the sink with soap – mission accomplished.
5.) Practice what you preach. I just learned that only two thirds of adults wash their hands after using the bathroom. (That’s kinda nas-tay, people.) Make sure your kids see you wash your hands after using the restroom, playing outside, and before eating.
…Now if only Seventh Generation could come up with a way to make potty training a lot more easier…oh wait, they did!(wink)
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