Does your child shower twice a day? Here's why he should, and why you should encourage him to develop this habit at the outset. Read on.
An evening shower refreshes you in a way that even a morning shower does not. You feel rejuvenated, and have a much more relaxed sleep. Doesn't it feel wonderful to slip into clean, fresh nightclothes after a shower? Encourage your child to develop this habit, so when he grows up, after a tired day's work he will head for the shower and come out feeling like a new person. On the other hand, if he is not accustomed to showering in the evenings, he may not develop this habit later on. Studies show that an evening shower is a great relaxant, while a ten minute soak in a bathtub can also work wonders.
Showering before dinner is a good habit if you are living in warm climate or in humid weather. Similarly, after a day of playing and sweating, it is better for your child's skin if he scrubs out the dirt and grime before dinner. Sweat blocks pores, leading to skin problems, rash, pimples and boils. Most of these would never happen if your child is in the habit of showering twice a day. In the same manner, you should always shower after a workout. Do not just let the sweat dry on you and sit there for another ten hours.
Teaching your child to shower twice a day only goes to enforce disciplinary habits. Encourage your child to shower at the same day every morning and every evening before dinner. You will notice that undisciplined children tend to skip showering altogether. They may shower in the evening after returning from school, or they may skip a day. This habit will continue throughout their life. On the other hand, to shower twice a day takes a certain amount of discipline, and a child that does so is likely to show discipline in other matters as well.
Encourage your child to use a washcloth or loofah to soap himself while showering. This helps with circulation. Of course, at this age he needn't worry, but at a later age, if he showers twice and scrubs his body while showering, he is doing himself, and his circulatory system, a great favour.
Makes skin more supple Do you apply body lotion regularly? Body lotion is a lot more effective when it is applied to clean skin. So at night, after showering, apply body lotion to your hands, legs and feet. You could even apply some lotion to your tummy. Do this everyday, and your skin will remain supple for years to come. In fact, if you apply body lotion to your tummy regularly, you may not have stretch marks after your pregnancy because your skin will be supple enough to absorb the stretching without leaving marks!