According to Dr. Haim Ginott, “Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.”
These impressions that are inscribed on their mind last a lifetime. Therefore, we need to inculcate and develop good qualities and habits in our children from a very early age. Of all the qualities and good habits that we, as parents need to instill in our little ones, is the habit of cleanliness. Practice of cleanliness keeps children disease-free and happy. Children need to be taught to exercise cleanliness in all spheres, so as to imbibe in them, the principles of good health and hygiene.
Even a slight negligence in following the cleanliness regime can lead to ailments, ultimately giving way to serious illnesses, such as, infections, allergies, etc. Therefore, Personal cleanliness needs to be addressed and put into practice very firmly, from a very young age.
As a responsible & careful parent, I would like to share some of my tips related to Personal Cleanliness.
Begin your child’s day with asking them to freshen up followed by a meticulous hand wash.
- Guide them to brush their teeth properly for at least 2-3 minutes to keep them cavity-free. Brushing teeth twice a day should be made a regular habit.
- Further, follow it up by a rigorous mouth wash to avoid mouth & gum related problems, for children 6 years and above.
- Educate them to take a bath properly with anti-bacterial soap everyday/regularly.
- Encourage them to wash hands before and after every meal with good quality anti-bacterial soap.
- Teach them the use of tissue while coughing or sneezing.
- Make sure they trim their nails properly as they are the favourite place for the germs to grow.
- Instruct them to wear washed, cleaned and ironed clothes.
- Direct them to avoid putting fingers and things like pencils, pens and erasers in their nose &mouth.
Further, educate your child that not just Personal hygiene, Cleanliness is in fact, a wider expression. It isa global term, which includes cleanliness of personal space like our homes, neighbourhood, as well as our surroundings. It is important to know and realise that not only personal hygiene, but environmental cleanliness is also of utmost importance.
People, who consider cleanliness important in their life, are conscious about dust free, garbage free area around them, too. They realize their role in keeping the society clean and also consider it their responsibility to educate others on taking up this habit seriously.
However, Cleanliness is not the responsibility of one person only; it is, in fact the responsibility of each and every individual living in their home, the society, the community and the country. We all should be careful in properly disposing off the waste in dustbins, so as to prevent spreading of infections in home & surroundings.
Following points should be kept in mind to inculcate the virtue of environmental cleanliness deep into the children:
- Teach them not to spill food while eating.
- Instruct them not to throw bits of papers or garbage on the floor. Instead tell them to throw garbage into dustbins.
- Advice your kids to keep their things in proper place like toys and books.
- Direct them to carry a paper bag, whenever they move out, so as to avoid disposal of garbage in the open.
- Tutor them Not to Litter the city.
Apart from teaching them basic cleanliness etiquettes, as cautious and caring parents, it is also important toInvolve them in keeping the surroundings clean,Guide them to pick litter and throw it in waste baskets, Keep a check on them by assessing them and rewarding them for following theGolden Rules of Cleanliness,Develop realisation & understanding about hygienic & unhygienic lifestyles.
Besides doing the above, remember that you are your child’s First Teacher and Role model. Act accordingly and therefore, Practice what you Preach. Show your children what you expect from them. Take a cleanliness oath that we will always promote cleanliness & help others promote it too.
As we all know, “A healthy mind resides in a clean body.”
Mrs Meenal Arora is
Executive Director of