What is it with kids and hygiene? Is it just my kids or do others how problems in getting their kids to throughly wash their hands and brush their teeth. My kids seem to think that a quick rinse of their hands under the tap suffices as washing their hands. “Where’s the soap?” I’m often heard to ask. They also have a timer for brushing their teeth but on occasion I’ve caught them pretending to brush their teeth. “Why even bother” I ask, as they stay in the bathroom, waiting for the timer to buzz anyway. Please tell me I’m not the only one!

Posted anonymously, 1st June 2015

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  • Yes, it seems the way for a lot of kids. Not sure why though.l I guess cleaning and hygiene just isn’t fun enough for kids!


  • Tricky kids! :-) You are surely not the only one, don’t worry! :-)


  • Most children I know are exactly the same! As a bit of a clean freak myself, it drives me nuts!


  • Hand washing is a definite challenge with all of mine.


  • Maybe get them to sing a song while they are washing their hands-it may help?
    Maybe a reward chart for doing a good job-washing hands and brushing teeth?
    Only reward the good jobs!
    Maybe another demonstration or two….on washing hands and brushing teeth as often kids need several models on how to do things.
    Good Luck! :)


  • Yes that is what kids like to do. They might miss out on something more important lol


  • yeah kids like to rush through the boring things like washing their hands lol


  • Oh I hear you! Mine are doing the same.. saying they brushed their teeth, yet toothbrush not wet, so they said they blow dried it WTF I wont let down on it tho. My parents never pushed me and I have learned badly from it.. one day they will be sick of hearing it and do it or they will finally see why we nagged em =)

    • Oh that’s a good one, they blow dried it!


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