There are bad habits like littering, and biting your nails which everyone tries to avoid if they can. And then there are the good habits which if mastered, can greatly improve your life. These good habits are little tidbits of good fortune that you can bestow onto your children’s lives when introduced to them at a young age.
By gently encouraging them and providing a healthy example for them to observe, you can make these habits simply a part of life and habitual actions rather than boring rituals. Take a look at some of the healthy things that you can encourage your children to do from a young age that will carry on through the rest of their lives. You never know, you may have even already started!
Brushing Their Teeth
Studies show that preventative dental care can add years onto a person’s life. Gum disease, dental surgery, and rotting roots are just a few of the horrible side effects of poor dental hygiene that you can save your kids from by teaching them the importance of brushing their teeth.
It’s important to brush at least twice a day in the morning at night. Children should use an age-appropriate toothpaste, meaning that if they’re younger they should be using a toothpaste that isn’t harmful if swallowed.
Once old enough, kids should also be given the task of flossing. Brushing along only does a fraction of the preventative care provided when flossing is added into their routine.
Make brushing time fun with a song or special toothbrush that they get excited about. Try brushing your teeth all together as a family so that you can set the example you wish for them to follow.
Tidying Their Things
Being a clean person is not only a great way to keep your life organized and make your belongings last longer, but it’s also a reflection of a clear and level-headed mindset. A person who has no idea where anything is and has frequent piles of garbage or dirty dishes is a sign of someone who is not completely organized and can get frazzled easily.
Someone who has things in their respective places respects the importance of cleanliness, and the living space of others who also dwell in it, is someone who will be much more grounded and organized.
Working Well With Others
Teaching your children the importance of being able to listen to other and incorporate their ideas into a project is an invaluable tool that they can use beyond relationships but in their professional life as well.
Sharing also falls into working well with others, so being a stickler about sharing with siblings and friends will do them a lifetime of good!