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Let's face it, kids STINK!

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With our scholars back in school, personal hygiene becomes an even more important issue. There are many dangerous germs being shared in the average classroom everyday. The coughing and sneezing and hands not being washed, all create a breeding ground for communicable diseases to spread. Stay on your toes!

Let's face it, kids stink. From babies who stink from soiled diapers, all the way up to teens who stink from raging hormones, kids get dirty and they tend to smell. It's essential to help children to cultivate and practice the habits of good hygiene. Because you're busy, make your kids a clean machine!

It's easier to avoid germs and stay healthy than suffer through the agonizing effects of an air borne virus. Keep it clean!

Remind all your younger children to wash their face and brush their teeth regularly. Check the little ones at night, to see that no dirty feet are climbing into bed. Threaten to do the same with your teens. Once they know you are serious about your standards, in time it will become automatic.

Teach them to keep their rooms clean and in good order. This is another important aspect of learning personal hygiene and self respect. Don't forget to change the bedding at least twice a month to keep everyone feeling clean, smelling fresh and sleeping comfortably.

Encourage your older children to shower regularly and use deodorant. Some teen aged boys can stink up a room quicker than a skunk, just by removing their shoes and socks or lifting their arms. Regular showers in the morning or before dinner and clean socks everyday can keep a pleasant aroma in the room for the family watching television together.

Probably the simplest and most effective way to stop the spread of germs and promote cleanliness is to wash your hangs regularly and teach those around you to do the same. Did you know there is a right way and a wrong way to wash your hands? This entertaining little video gives the viewers some powerful information on the proper hand washing techniques to kill germs.

So, protect your little stinkers by teaching them good habits that will make them more pleasant to be around and give them a better chance at staying healthy during the upcoming colds and flu season.

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