There are thousands of books, articles, and blogs that teach people how to parent. These materials tell parents what’s right, what’s wrong, what to do, what to avoid, and whatnot. But the truth is there is no rule to parenting. A baby being born does not come with a manual—probably because no two children are the same.
But no matter how different each family member is, there is one rule that can be applied to all—proper hygiene. Parents can’t be wrong to exercise proper hygiene at home. Without this, each member of the family might be put at risk. If parents can lead the whole family to live a hygienic lifestyle, then each family member can benefit a lot. Here are some reasons why hygiene is vital to a family.
1. Enhances Self-Image and Self-Esteem
For a mother to enhance her self-image and self-esteem in a snap, she might need makeup and hair tools like lipstick, mascara, and a rotating hair iron or styler to make her look and feel good. This is an excellent way to present yourself confidently. But for self-esteem to stick, make proper hygiene a habit. Only then you can empower other members of the family to do the same.
Parents play a big role in building their kids’ personalities and nourishing their perception of themselves. When parents lead their children to practice hygiene care, they teach them how to be the best version of themselves. And, when children feel that they are at their best, their self-image and self-esteem improve.
2. Safeguards the Family from Sickness
According to the study, the COVID-19 virus can survive on surfaces such as wooden dining tables, plastic furniture, stainless steel, and glass utensils and paper for many days. In other words, this virus can live in the home with the family. That can be a terrifying thought.
Fortunately, this can be prevented by maintaining a high standard of cleanliness and hygiene at home. Create a hygiene routine for the family to practice at home and even outside when applicable. Here are a few ways to keep a home away from the COVID-19 virus.
- Wash hands with soap regularly.
- Avoid touching the face, nose, and mouth.
- Use a napkin to sneeze or cough, then dispose of the napkin properly.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are commonly touched.
- Take off shoes when entering the house.
- Change into clean clothes right after entering the house.
The list can go on, especially on making a home COVID-free, but these basic ones should save lives. While this routine is focused on the current situation, this could also apply to other health emergencies that might come up in the future.
3. Can Boost Mental Health
Poor hygiene can be a sign of neglect that often associates with mental issues like depression and psychotic disorders. So if a family member keeps on refusing to maintain his hygiene, it is best to check up on his mental wellness and do the necessary action to help him get back on the right track.
A study shows a home full of clutter can cause extreme stress and fatigue on a different note. One example is when you can’t find what you are looking for in a disorganized room—this can increase stress levels making you prone to many serious illnesses such as hypertension or chronic high-blood pressure. So to lower stress levels or prevent it, to begin with, keep the home clean and organized.
4. Improves Productivity and Focus
Based on a study, a tidy place encourages people to do what is expected of them. A hygienic place puts someone in a better mood. It also boosts his morale. And, these are important elements for someone to be productive.
Moreover, maintaining proper hygiene is crucial to focus. When things are in proper order, and there is less clutter, the brain concentration improves. So, fundamentally, for children to better focus on doing homework and for parents to get more things done, the home must be clean.
5. Improves Quality of Life
If your family is healthy and happy, what else is there to ask? Practicing good hygiene inside the home means the quality of your life is good and that your needs are all sufficiently met.
There are many ways parents can care for their children. But, one of the most crucial ones is teaching them to live with proper hygiene. This way, parents can keep their children away from physical and mental illnesses–making the entire household live a happy, better life.