When we teach our grandchildren to be clean we are helping them in so many ways.
There may be some people who think teaching cleanliness is not important, but there are many reasons why being clean is essential to a happier, less stressful life.
Cleanliness is a good way to be hygienic
Encouraging your grandchildren to wash their hands before eating is just good common sense. Children are renowned for picking up all manner of undesirable things, especially toddlers.
Having a bath once a day is also a good hygienic practice. We all know that germs can breed in unwashed, warm areas, and are better washed down the plug hole than left to grow.
Tidiness reduces stress
However, there is more to cleanliness than just being physically clean. There is a lot of truth in the adage – a tidy mind is a productive one!
Children who are tidy get more done. They don’t become stressed because they have lost something. They also have more confidence in their own abilities.
Also, a tidy room is easier to work in and can make children feel more relaxed.
Teaching your grandchildren to be tidy
No one wants to nag or bully their grandchildren to clean up their mess, but there are other ways to ensure they learn how to be tidy.
Rewarding tidy behavior can be done quite easily. You could have a chart which has a list of ways your grandchildren can practice tidiness.
These might be:
- Making their bed
- Closing the dresser drawers completely
- Hanging up their coats
- Taking their empty plates to the sink after each meal
The list is endless, but you need to make it realistic and shorter for younger children.
Adding stars or ticks each time a chore is done will help motivate your grandchildren, and will also remind them what needs to be done.
At the end of an allotted period of time the stars could add up to a reward.
Encourage your grandchildren to be clean and tidy, just like you did their parents. It may seem old fashioned, but the rewards they will reap will help them further down the track.