What's adorable at one is disgusting at twenty-one!
Baby David with his grubby face and hands is absolutely adorable! Fast forward a decade or two... Adorable at one is disgusting at twenty-one.
A person must have good hygiene to be taken seriously in the adult world. Personal cleanliness is imperative. Begin your child's "chore training" with good hygiene habits. Here is a system we used with our nine youngest children.
Hi, I’m Madia. I have eleven children and one of the greatest privileges of my life was to know Dr. Leila Denmark. She practiced pediatrics for over 75 years and was my mentor for 32 years.
I can hardly express how much she helped me, both with the children’s medical issues and family life challenges. I would love to share what she taught me with you.
Ten Happy Fingers for Good Hygiene
We typically began our Ten Fingers training at age three. Up to that point, hygiene training was spontaneous and less structured. Mom, Dad or an older sibling helped with the basics (washing hands, wiping faces, combing hair etc.) .
When you are ready for a more structured approach to hygiene, decide which habits you want to work on and help your little one make his ten fingers chart. Draw the shape of his or her hands on a piece of clear paper and cut out illustrative pictures from magazines or sales brochures. Have him glue the pictures on the ends of his "fingers".
Post the Ten Fingers chart on a wall which is convenient for your child to refer to. Ours was next to the bathroom sink. Make sure that you have a stool available for little one to stand on so he has easy access to the sink and supplies he needs.