For most parents, morning and evening routines with kids are part of the daily battle. Whether it’s convincing them to brush their teeth after meals, or wash their hands when they get home from school, most children are less than enthused about bathroom hygiene.
“A common complaint from parents is that their children aren’t the most willing participants and get easily distracted,” says child and family therapist Sara Dimerman.
“Any time parents can come up with creative, fun ways to encourage children to engage in routines, the more success they will have.”
Dimerman offers her tips to get kids more excited about daily bathroom routines.
Throw in a cool gadget
Often a neat contraption will attract children. Delta’s lavatory faucets with Touch20.xt technology will do just that. The flow of water is activated by simply touching anywhere on the faucet or by entering the faucet’s sensing field.
“If there’s something magical about the way that water comes out of a tap, or if kids can feel powerful and independent when turning the water on, there’s a greater chance that they will willingly wash their hands or brush their teeth,” says Dimerman.
Offer an incentive
If the morning or evening routine is completed in a timely fashion, there may be more time to watch television before leaving for school or reading an extra book before turning off the light at night.