Good habits formed at youth make all the difference – Aristotle
Having problems getting children into essential healthy habits like cleaning teeth, hand-washing, being respectful, a positive mindset or making healthy choices? Tina from Life’s Little Bugs has some help.
There are many fundamental habits in health, hygiene and social behavior that benefit our children. To achieve their daily practice without tears and tantrums can sometimes be quite challenging!
Different circumstances can make it difficult to practice healthy habits as part of a daily routine. Unfortunately, this leads typically to direct health problems.
As a result, statistics showing several children missing days from education linked to children not regularly carrying out these healthy practices, and it’s on the increase.
First, we need to understand how to form habits to help you successfully build them.
A repetitive action and practice of something will build new, active neural pathways in our brains that go to form our behaviors. These can be triggered through recognition and familiarity!
No one is born knowing when to say, ‘please and thank you’, hold cutlery or use a toothbrush.
These are all learned and built through trial, error, perseverance, imitation, and practice until they finally become automatic behavior.
We can help children build good habits firstly through explanation and education, so a child understands why this daily practice is so vital for them to do.
Here are a few bullet points to help.
I believe relatable children’s books are excellent support when encouraging these habits. It opens discussion and can be referred to if the daily practice is dwindling and needs a nudge.
Children imitate, and if the more they see others practicing these healthy habits, it will inspire and help to strengthen these practices to be used more in a home or school environment.
So the younger they start, the more beneficial for them.
Before long, the healthy habit is built and practiced as a subconscious action like tying shoelaces or riding a bike!
Good Habits Start Young!
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