Are you frustrated by stinky kids? Do you feel like your children just stand in the shower and do nothing at all? Are you wondering how to teach kids how to shower? Do you feel that teaching kids how to shower should be more… simple?
You are not alone!
Teaching Kids How to Shower: This Super Simple Printable Will Help!
How to teach kids to shower
This is one of those keepin’ it real moments, you guys. I am going to share a parenting struggle. This struggle is real, and it’s gone on for far too long. Frankly, it’s embarrassing, but it is what it is. This is how it all goes down…
After dinner, my kids morph into wild maniacs. They strip themselves of every stitch of clothing and run frantically upstairs. They are supposed to get into the tub, or shower, and act like they are cleaning themselves. At 7, 5 1/2, and 3 1/2-years of age, I don’t expect that they are going to clean themselves well, however, I do expect that they will be in there doing something, preferably with soap.
Instead, I typically enter the kids’ bath to find them sitting in the tub together, being all kinds of loud, with bone-dry heads, no soap in sight. At this point, I will ask them to get their respective noggins wet and to start washing their bodies.
Teaching kids how to shower can be a frustrating experience
In response? I get more noise and THIS:
I continue, “Hey you guys. Please pour water over your heads.”
Deep breath. Louder this time, “I need you to start washing your bodies. Now.”
Deeeeep breath. “Start washing your bodies… NOW!“
It is at this point that I’m wholly frustrated, tired, and cranky. I roll up my sleeves and enter what is now akin to a war zone. I attempt to clean these wild, out-of-control, squirmy little people.
It is completely, utterly, mind-numbingly, frustratingly EXHAUSTING. I always find myself questioning how this train got off its track. Bath time used to calmer, enjoyable. I used to look forward to it. Every night, I end this ritual asking myself:
“WHEN WILL THEY BE ABLE TO CLEAN THEIR BODIES?!”
Well, the other night, the school psychologist in me got a little more fired up than usual. I took matters into my own hands. I have incorporated visual schedules all over the place, why not make one for the shower itself?
Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest ones and this “How to Shower” printable changed our bedtime routine immediately.
How to Shower had an immediate positive impact on our evening routine. Now, instead of nagging and receiving blank stares from wild little bodies, we have a little bit of order. The kids take turns showering and when they are in there, I point to each item and tell them what the sign says they should be doing. And they do it! Is it perfect? Nope, not even close. But, I now have hope!
And, guess what else??
The other day I was
whining talking to a friend about our nightly bath time debacle and my silly yet effective solution and she suggested I put it on the site. The reality is, if I’m having this unfortunate nightly occurrence, someone else out there is, too.
So, in the name of #keepingitreal, I am sharing this super-simple How to Shower printable.
Now, don’t get too excited, you guys. It’s not fancy. In fact, that isn’t even ClipArt, it’s CaitArt, but if it helps just one mama through that dreaded bath debacle, it is worth the rest of you giggling at me.
So, if you want my official How to Shower printable, simply grab it here, print, and laminate. Watch those important life skills take shape before your very eyes (with the hope that, one day, bodily cleaning will happen without your direct supervision).
Grab the How to Shower printable here:
If you’re looking for a super simple solution to a nightly situation, you can grab the How to Shower resource here.
Do you find it frustrating to teach kids how to shower, too?
Are you laughing right now? And, on a more serious note, how do you encourage those important life skills at home? And, speaking of which, have you read my friend Kara’s post Why We Practice Life Skills Summers over on Simple Homeschool? It’s a good one and you should head over there next!