Winter brings with it many happy moments, such as the sight of the first snowflakes of the season, the sounds of holiday music in the air and the smells of freshly baked treats. Unfortunately, many unpleasant sensations also accompany winter, like the sounds of sneezing and sniffling.
Keep your family hygienic this holiday season with these four tips:
1. Make learning about hygiene fun
Let's face it; when your kids are home from school on winter break, the last thing they want is more lessons. Family physician Dr. Matthew Weimer told parenting resource Babble that it's helpful to make hygiene a fun part of the day. For example, young children may a find a bubble bath more fun than less-sudsy ablutions.
Find little ways to inject some fun into your at-home hygiene practice, and you're sure to see more smiles than tears.
2. Practice what you teach
Kids are great at spotting inconsistencies. How many times have you been asked why you get to stay up late while shuffling the little ones off to bed? Though some rules apply differently to adults and children, hygiene isn't one of them.
When you teach your kids how to stay hygienic – washing hands, using tissues, brushing teeth – the best way to reinforce those lessons is to practice them yourself. By setting a positive example at home, you increase the likeliness of your kids following through on your hygiene lessons when you're not around.
3. Understand the side effects of poor hygiene
Poor hygiene makes us more susceptible to germs that cause the common cold and other ailments, but there can be other negative effects as well. As The Mighty contributor Grace Nonemaker explained, a pattern of poor hygiene may be a sign of depression or anxiety.
If your children are struggling to maintain their basic personal hygiene, try not to get upset with them. Instead, sit down with them and try to determine why they're having difficulty keeping up with their hygiene routine. Problems at school could contribute to issues you see at home.
If you think your child may be struggling with emotional issues, check out the resources provided by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
4. Keep a package of Zoly™ Kids Baby Wipes in the car
It's easier to stay hygienic at home than it is outside the house. When you're on the go and a sticky situation occurs, it's helpful to have a package of gentle wet wipes on hand. Anti-bacterial wipes aren't always necessary, however. Infant skin is much more sensitive than adult skin, and harsh chemicals may cause discomfort and irritation.
Hypoallergenic Zoly™ Kids Baby Wipes are alcohol-free and made with EDI purified water and a drop of aloe vera for comfortable cleanliness. To get free shipping on your next order of Zoly™ wet wipes, visit ZolyProducts.com today.