But of course I want my 6 yo to wash her hands a lot during the cold and flu season. She is, as a lot of kids are, slightly less enthusiastic about the idea.
How do you get your kids ( and remember yourself) to wash their hands?
all together as well
you come home -shoes go right off, coat and everyone goes into the bathroom
you are eating- not until you wash your hands
you want to help in the kitchen, no wash-NO helping!
you go to the bathroom, you know to wash because it's been done for as long as you can remember
I struggle with this as well, but having been in the nanny business before, I am in the habit of washing hands myself. I do forget to insist oftentimes, and they frequently protest (except getting dressed and ready for gym-- I just wish they did it without a fight after).
My method when they refuse and I think they should? I take a page from dear old Grandpa and scare the daylights out of them by telling them that is almost always how they get sick. We don't get sick very often (we homeschool--that helps a tiny bit, having less contact with dozens of kids everyday) and they hate being sick with a passion.
Now, if only I can remember to remind them, especially before eating.......