Girl with Mop and cleaning spray

Our kids are growing up. If you have been with me from the launch of The Kids Coach, then your children will be in secondary school now. They will have changed so much in terms of appearance, capability, independence and responsibility. They will feel that they can look after themselves but I guarantee not all of your children can or will want to. Not the way parents want them to anyway, especially when it comes to hygiene. Children aren’t that interested in personal hygiene as they are too busy doing other things. Pre-teens and teenagers won’t always brush their teeth. Despite us telling them to do so. They will eat in their rooms and leave crumbs in the bed or dirty plates under the bed even when you’ve told them not to leave dirty mess around.

The Life Skill Of Personal Hygiene

So, how can we enforce the message that they need to be more hygienic and take more pride in their appearance, the way they smell and the way their bedrooms look?

As a life coach for children I would say….

  1. Use routine. You need to help them get into a good routine so that their personal hygiene ‘chores’ happen at the same time every day.
  2. Encourage them to keep their room clean – maybe once a week they hoover it and put their bedsheets in the wash until they are able to. Show them what their room needs to look like and what they need to do so it looks tidy and clean. Maybe they could also open their bedroom window to allow fresh air to get in.
  3. Make a rule about not eating in their bedroom. That’s what the kitchen is for.
  4. Get them a mirror so they can look in it before they leave the house. They can check their clothes are clean and hair is brushed.
  5. Have a rule around smelling their clothes and deciding if they can wear them again or if they need to go in the wash.
  6. Get them to think about how they would feel next to someone smelly or sweaty. Or going into a friends bedroom that smells awful. Would they enjoy it, what would they think of that friend?

All parents despair at some time or another about their children’s personal hygiene. If we can get them to think about the effects of bad hygiene, then maybe they will realise it’s not a good habit and make more of an effort. Most children grow out of this phase as they grow up and learn to manage (and care about) basic hygiene.