I seriously can’t believe I am the mom to a tween already! It seems like just yesterday I was trying to figure out how to take care of a newborn with colic… Yet, here we are. I have to say it has been a huge adjustment. Not only do I have to deal with the emotional roller coaster, I have to teach this child what sex is, and help her understand the hygiene needs that come with puberty. Over the last few weeks I have nagged her about her hygiene and I don’t want to do that. That’s why I put together this free printable hygiene checklist. I am hoping it will encourage her to take responsibility and feel empowered to take care of herself.
Free Printable Hygiene Checklist
I am a huge fan of fostering independence in my children where I can. I also love to eliminate the nagging mom where I can. I found myself saying, “Have you brushed your teeth?” (Don’t they learn that when they are little? Does this kid have amnesia?) “Wash your face.” “Brush your hair.” It became a daily thing and I just had enough. I put together this checklist in hopes that R would step up and take responsibility for these things herself. She really is an amazing girl and I am hoping this will give her some ownership over her needs.
I tried to keep it fairly simple because she is younger and I didn’t want to overwhelm her.
I have included basic care concepts like brushing her teeth, her hair, and putting on deodorant. There are also checklist items for each time she showers. I printed out her checklist and laminated it so that we could leave it in the bathroom. I also put a dry erase marker in the bathroom so she can check off items as she completes them.
If you have a child who could use this independence tool as well please make sure to print one.
Print your Free Printable Hygiene Checklist
What do you do to encourage your tween to take care of basic hygiene without nagging them?
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