Life With Boys: Hand Washing 101

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Since the flu is prominent in our area currently, I have been the hand washing police. I feel like I am constantly asking “did you wash your hands?”.

Me: “Boys go wash your hands it’s dinner time.”

Capt. M appears at the table in 30 seconds flat.

Me: “Did you wash your hands?”

Capt. M: “Yes mom.”

Me: “Really? You better not be lying to me.”

Capt. M: “I diiiiid!”

Me: “With soap?”

Capt. M: “Well you didn’t say wash with soap!”


So now I have to say “go wash your hands AND make sure you use SOAP”. That just made me think, I wonder if they are using toothpaste when they brush their teeth since I usually say “go brush your teeth” with no mention of toothpaste?!

Children sure keep parents on their toes! The one thing I have discovered is that you have to tell them exactly what you want them to do. Each. and. every. step. It’s a learning curve for the both of us!

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Renae is a married working mom of two handsome boys. She works as a registered dental hygienist by day and blogs here at How to Have it All by night. She enjoys cooking from scratch, working in her vegetable garden and functional training.

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  1. Exactly what I am going thru right now with hand washing and brishing teeth. My boys are ages 7 and 9 :)

  2. I saw a trick where you put glitter on their hands to represent the germs and have them wash with just water and then water with soap. I haven’t tried it yet but it seems like a good idea!