Life Skills: Good Health and Hygiene Skills For Teenagers

Tips on Teaching Teens How to Take Care of Their Body

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Personal hygiene and healthy habits are good life skills that parents can teach teens. Developing these good habits as a young adult will help them keep going as they mature and move out on their own.

Why Are These Healthy Habits Important for Teens to Learn?

Most of these healthy habits seem obvious to adults, but teens may not always think of their importance. Brushing your teeth twice a day will help prevent future problems at the dentist and learning the importance of regular exercise will keep your teen healthy now and well into the future.

 

It is easy for teenagers to blow off the most important and mundane tasks of everyday life and it is equally important for parents to remind them why they matter.

In order for your teen to be happy when they are living independently, they will need to be successful at keeping their bodies healthy and clean. These life skills are taught throughout your teen's childhood and adolescence by encouraging good hygiene routines and healthy habits.

Re-enforcing or establishing these good habits will help your teen keep them as they continue to grow up and become young adults.

Good Hygiene Habits Your Teen Should Have

Not only are good hygiene habits important for being a responsible adult, but they become more important as a teen's body grows. Hormones begin to play tricks on the teen body and boys may sweat more while girls need to stay on top of feminine hygiene.

It is during the teen years when regular showers and proper skin cleansing is most important!

Teens can become a little stinky if they don't take that daily shower and they might not notice it themselves. Also, to avoid an embarrassing acne breakout, teens really need to get in the habit of good skin care.

  • Brush their teeth twice daily.
  • Shower or bath once daily.
  • Wash their hair regularly.
  • Wash their hands often.
  • Shave regularly.(Teach Your Teen Son to Shave or Teach Your Teen Daughter to Shave)
  • Brush their hair at least a day and get a regular haircut.
  • Clip and groom their finger and toenails once a week.
  • Take care of any injuries as they happen and until they are healed.
  • Use personal hygiene products correctly, including deodorant, feminine hygiene products, facial acne cleansers, etc.
  • Wear clean clothes and change underclothing daily.

Healthy Habits Your Teen Should Have

We have all heard the news reports about the rise in obesity among American teens and adults. It is not something that should be taken lightly and developing healthy habits at a young age can lead to a lifetime of good health.

Kick your teen off the couch and get them outside for some exercise with friends. Stock the refrigerator with healthy snacks and don't make junk food easy to get when those teenage munchies hit. There are many small actions that you can take to ensure your teen is staying a healthy as possible.

Quite often, you can be subtle about encouraging these changes.

They may not notice a lack of frozen pizzas in the freezer when there is a delicious (and healthier) alternative in its place.

  • Getting an adequate amount of sleep.
  • Eating healthy foods and limit junk food and sodas.
  • Exercise regularly, at least 3 times a week is recommended.
  • Develop healthy strategies to handle stress.
  • Use good hygiene habits.(see above)
  • Enjoy social interactions as well as alone time.
  • Exercising the brain by doing puzzles or reading.

Keeping Teens on Track

Parents, know that small bumps in the road happen when you are raising a teenager. For instance, your teen may not want to shower for a time or may want to pig out on pizza for weeks on end.

It is okay to let good hygiene and healthy habits slide in small intervals, but encourage your teen to stick to the routine as much as possible. If you allow it to slide too long they can develop a bad habit and lose the good habits you have taught them.

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