By: Christine Cox, The Choosy Mommy
I can finally say that Capri is fully potty trained! It took us awhile, but we rarely have any accidents anymore. I am beyond happy that she has mastered these skills, but as soon as she is finished in the bathroom, she just sprints away, back to whatever she was doing prior. I get it…going potty interrupts her playtime, but we really need to work on just one thing before she gets back to playing – hand washing!
I stand there and wash my hands after I take care of her and her potty, so I am sure she knows what I am doing. But for me to convince her to take one more minute out of her playtime to do this is a nightmare. In her mind, she isn’t dirty because she always washes her hands when she is ooey, gooey or sticky. She just doesn’t recognize the importance of washing her hands after using the potty because germs can’t be seen.
Hand washing is a habit that starts at home. And it is going to start in my home NOW! I don’t want to scare my little girl with the “germ talk” but I most certainly am going to mention to her “don’t touch – that is germy” when she is interested in touching yucky things and I will move forward from there with hand washing.
My 3 year old loves Choosy so I am going to show her Choosy’s steps to hand washing and leave it in the bathroom. Maybe if she sees Choosy doing this, she will imitate it and do it too. I think I will also hang this poster up so that she can see Choosy washing his hands.
Click here to buy it. You better believe I will be playing it constantly in my house and sing it while we are washing.
How did you teach your children about germs and washing their hands? I would love to hear your tips!