There’s a whole vast world of supposed-to’s; the proper ways to do things. Just so you know, children don’t tend to be very willing residents in this supposed-to world.
When you’re trying to instruct them in the ways of this world, quite often they’re just going to apply some whatever-the-heck-they-want-or-happens-to-pop-into-their-little-heads liberally, and maybe add in some finger paints and dirt for good measure.
So, it may help to approach the subject of teaching your kid to wash his/her hands without the handicap of parental delusion.
There are lots of diagrams online of how to properly wash hands. The sheer quantity is staggering, and they can look like some kind of martial arts for hands fighting each other. Some of them are specifically for teaching kids. They include such crackpipe fantasies as repeatedly braiding your fingers and thumbs for a minimum of 15 seconds (or the equivalent portion of the alphabet song) to ensure proper cleansing, or, get this, using a paper towel to wipe off the faucet and knobs when done. Bwahahahaha! Madness. Let’s consult reality, shall we?
He went to the bathroom and walked right back out. He was about to pass me, pleased as punch, before I snagged him and said, “I told you to go wash your hands.” I’m sure that every single parent on planet Earth knows what his response was or will recognize it when they hear it. He said, with a shocked look on his face…
The boy was in there for literally three seconds. I saw his hands were wet, I smelled them and they were soapy smelling.
“You just walked in there, wet your hands and squirted on some soap didn’t you.”
He paused with that shifty “this is a trick question, right?” sort of look before saying, “Yeeeeah?” His lack of any comprehension of this being unaccaptable was as plain as the soap bubbles on his still-dirty little paws. Yeeeeah.
So! Remember, when trying to teach your kid hygiene, it’s just easier if you do so with both feet firmly planted on reality. And deep breaths. Those are going to be your best friend, trust me.
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