It's Never Too Early...

My favorite mantra is: "You are your child's first teacher". This is absolutely the Truth.Org! It's never too early to teach your children hygiene manners; usage of the powder room and the restroom is key in growth and development. As a preschool teacher, I supervise students' use of the restroom daily. Although we are required to stand guard (so to speak) while they use the restroom, I believe in giving students their privacy so I have a tendency to back up and only peek in to remind them of completing the necessary tasks at hand. There are occasions when little boys want to share a urinal to see who can finish first, or little girls like playing in the soap by making bubbles and they love looking in the mirror at themselves.
However, while standing there today, a thought hit me: lots of women complain that they have an issue with a man who uses the restroom with the door open. Well, it starts at a young age right? I mean, my male students are subjected to using a restroom with no closed doors; they are under observation every time they visit the restroom. This brings me to a dilemma I am often faced with: what do we do when there are rules for school and rules for home? Because they are sharing the restroom with classmates, we have to monitor them and their behavior to ensure the environment is safe.
Therefore, it is imperative that parents have meaningful discussions with their children regarding restroom etiquette. For example:
1. Keep your hands to yourself
2. Respect the privacy of others(try not to look) which is difficult at this age because they are curious by nature but it's okay to introduce this language
3. Do not allow someone to touch you in a "bad" way
4. Remember to clean themselves and flush the toilet
5. Wash hands with soap; sing "Happy Birthday to You" at least once to ensure that they have washed all germs away
6. Dry hands and use paper towel to turn off the water

Depending upon the dynamics and culture of your household, you can remind your children that while at school privacy may be an issue but while at home, keeping the door closed (maybe cracked) is acceptable. Some habits are difficult to break. I mean, as kids, we are monitored in the restroom because there are some serious mishaps waiting to happen in there. As adults, we have to learn to adjust to the freedom of choosing to close the door or leave it open.
Whatever the case may be, we want to ensure that our children are aware of the importance of good hygiene!
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