So funny story, a few weeks ago we took the family to National Harbor Maryland and I took my 7-year-old and 3-year-old for a ride on the Capital Wheel-which is like a gigantic ferris wheel. You ride inside of a little pod so it’s pretty safe and secure and the views are awesome. I posted a little selfie on Instagram while on it and you can see in the background how high it was:
A little investigation and I realized my little dude thought he was pulling a fast one by not actually washing in the shower that week. I quickly realized I needed to sharpen my attention on the boy’s hygiene habits rather than assuming my older boys were doing what I expected them to do even when I wasn’t directly supervising.
Sure enough, a few evenings of watching them closely during their nighttime routine and I realized we needed some re-education to take care of their nighttime routine. The first thing I did was make the boys a cute little reminder sign of all the things they should be doing each evening (and I made three versions you can download and print out yourself here!)
Keep it Fun!
Their excitement over the Avengers mouthwash gave me the idea to make our routine superhero themed to keep it fun while they were developing the healthy habits rather than it being a chore Mom and Dad were just nagging them about.
We listen to our favorite songs (currently Go Fish’s “Snazzy” and “Superhero” songs, wear super hero costumes (even Mom and Dad!) and we talked about battling the germs and cavities (the bad guys) with our super powers (soap, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash.)
So far we’ve seen a great improvement in how well the boys are taking care of themselves. And while we’re not over their shoulder constantly we are much more aware to keep checking in on them periodically to keep them in check!