At bath time, it can be just as much fun washing away all traces of the day’s adventures as it can be making them. But when sharing a bath or shower, siblings can get into squabbles and wind each other up – not to mention winding up their mom! Moral values for kids are not always that obvious when they're young! Arguing over whose toy is whose, tantrums over hair washing, and being stubborn about tidying up – all this means bath time can get out of control and take too long. Here’s a playful etiquette guide to keeping the waters calm, and helping your children’s moral development by teaching them to share a harmonious, well-mannered, and efficient wash time.
How to Stop Fights over Toys and Instill Moral Values for Kids?
Sometimes children might argue over who is playing with which toy in the bath or shower, so it can be great to give them different roles with the same toy. Gather some toys and give one child a bowl with some soapy water (put some bubble bath in the water) and give the other child a cloth. One child needs to thoroughly soap up the toy, and it’s their sibling’s job to rinse off the toy, wipe it off with another cloth, and leave it to dry on the side. This will stop them arguing over ownership of the toys and teach them about working together and sharing responsibilities – some of the most important moral values for kids!
How to Stop Mischief with Bubbles and Encourage Moral Development?
Bubbles can bring out mischief in children. So to prevent any splashing of water in each other’s eyes and teach them about discipline in life, introduce objects that help them have fun with blowing bubbles without getting out of control. Make some simple bubble blowing instruments from household objects. Funnels, plastic bottles with the bottom cut off, and different sized straws can all be blown to produce different sized bubbles, and you could even use a whisk to multiply the bubbles as they wash. It’s creative, and keeps their mischief under control. Remember to always make sure that your kids do not put the foam or bubbles in their mouths; this activity should only be done when you or another adult is around to supervise.
How to Stop Tantrums over Hair Washing?
Washing children’s hair doesn’t have to be traumatic, and neither does moral development! To stop any arguments or tantrums, try role-playing your own family hair salon. Ask one child to be the customer and one to be the hairdresser. Give some props such as shampoo, a brush or comb, and a mirror and get styling. Don’t forget to play the part and bring the situation to life by asking things like, “Are you going anywhere nice on your holiday?” or “How much would you like me to cut off today?” This sort of role-playing helps turn a stressful task into something funny.
How to Teach Them the Moral Values to Tidy Up?
It’s easy for kids to have fun in the shower and make a mess at the same time! Getting them dried and dressed quickly and tidy up after themselves can be another matter. The trick is to turn the end of wash time into a playful task that they enjoy and that teaches them about discipline in life at the same time. First, while they’re still in the shower or throwing water on each other from the bucket, get them to take turns to put away one of their bath time toys in a box, with the other child having to guess what the object was. Which toy is now missing? Before they know it, all the toys will be put away and you’ll have encouraged a little troupe of happy, well-behaved tidy-uppers. As a reward, let them wrap up warm in a ‘magic towel’, one that is lovely, fluffy, and colourful. This will encourage them to get out quickly without making a fuss. Our guide doesn’t need to finish there. Have you got any bath time tips for moral values for kids or thoughts on discipline you’d like to add?