Every parent knows how important it is to teach their kids about properly washing their hands on a regular basis, but it’s become even more essential with the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) across the world.
Some youngsters frequently forget to scrub up, of course, or just stubbornly refuse. Sure, you’re there to remind them when you’re all at home, which seems like it will be for awhile now. But after this terrible mess is over, you can also make sure they’re being diligent when they’re at school, daycare, or a friend or family member’s house? Luckily, there’s no need to bust out any spy gear to keep a constant watch on your children’s hygiene habits. One clever mom shared the creative way she’s checking that her kids are washing:
How genius is that? Just a little doodle on their hands and seeing how faded it is by the end of the day! It turns the whole thing into a fun game without adding more stress on your kids or yourself. Plus, you can mix things up with non-emoji artwork, depending on your drawing skills. Heck, you might even think about writing the words “WASH ME” on the back of each tiny hand for an extra reminder! Whatever way you go, seeing the ink fade away will go a long way in keeping germs at bay.
According to the Evening Standard, the mom got this idea from her daughter’s ballet teacher. She also admitted that one of her three children still ends the day with barely faded emojis, but it’s worked great for her other two. And hey, anything that reduces the chance of spreading icky bugs is worth a shot.
Even after all of this coronavirus panic calms down, this trick can help you while teaching your young ones about washing up — and making sure they really do it, especially when cold and flu season roll back around. It’s all about keeping the whole family healthy, one scrub at a time.
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