Teach Kids Good Hygiene, Tactfully, Proactively, Supportively

Does your child have that not-so-fresh smell? Time for the H-word (hygiene) talk. An awkward subject, but one kids need to hear about. Here are tips to teach personal cleanliness tactfully, sensitively and proactively. I use the B4 plan--tell him nicely "before" others tell him rudely.

Be open. Before you can have any conversation with a child, especially an embarrassing one, you've got to have clear, healthy communication channels. He needs to know that you care and are available. Prioritize talk time. Shut out distractions. Don't attempt a touchy subject if you can't stop checking your text messages.  Teach Kids Good Hygiene, Tactfully, Proactively, Supportively

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