Manners Minute: Making Cleanliness a Priority

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Summer is over, the seasons are changing, and the kids are back at school with hundreds of others, which means… you guessed it! Germs are abundant and cold and flu season is gearing up to be in full swing! As a busy mom, the last thing you need now is to worry about a flu bug or nasty cough and cold running through the family.

Here are several hygiene manners to encourage your children to practice in order to keep themselves and those around them as healthy as possible this school year!

Putting it into practice:

1. Wash Hands - Train your children to wash their hands for at least 15 seconds. Rather than have them count to 15, make this mannerly practice fun by singing the “Happy Birthday” tune while scrubbing.

2. Cover mouth and nose – Remind your children to cover their mouths and noses with their arms when coughing or sneezing.

3. Carry tissues – Rather than relying on the community tissue boxes in your children’s classrooms, supply your youngsters with their own packs of tissues. Such a practice will make them feel special and will in turn make them more prone to using and properly disposing tissues.

4. Wear clean clothes and clean hair - Children are messy by nature and some could have a bath every day since they play so hard! But children think and learn better when they start the day out being clean and orderly in appearance. Train them to recognize when an article of clothing is ready for the wash and make bath time a regular ritual.

5. Never share hats – Sharing is a wonderful manner to have, but not when it comes to headgear! To minimize the spread of lice, make sure your children’s names are on all articles of clothing and train them to refrain from sharing hats with friends.

6. Wear long hair up – To further minimize the spread of lice, train children with longer hair to wear it up in braids or a ponytail.

7. Praise - Give your child an over-abundance of praise when they wash their hands or cover their mouth on their own as they build these key manners and make them a habit!

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Bethany Miller is the founder and director of Doors of Success School of Etiquette. A graduate of the prestigious American School of Protocol in Atlanta, Georgia and licensed by the renowned Protocol School of Washington, Ms. Miller is a teacher passionately seeking to encourage a revival of kindness and politeness in American society. For more etiquette tips, check out her course offerings and follow Doors of Success on Facebook!