Princess Destructo and Her Adventures With Cat Food #HealthyFamilies

This month Lysol® also has a special promotion on the Lysol® Canada Facebook page that you will love! Starting May 21, Lysol® is giving away 2,500 free Lysol® No-Touch Hand Soap dispensers each week for five weeks.  Just visit the Lysol® Canada Facebook page for more details!

I have two No Touch Soap Dispensers and they are perfect for letting Princess wash her hands "all by MYSELF".  With a two year old girl and a 14 year old cat that don't get along very well there are many messes to scrub everyday.  As far as 'sibling' rivalries go the typical pranks include 2 year old Princess Destructo messing with the cat food (putting the kibble in the water dish so he can't eat or drink) and blocking access to the litter box with various toys.  The cat acts out in other ways, having daily stomach upsets due to stress and howling all night as soon as the lights go out and we lay our heads on the pillow.
Caught red-handed!
"Hey mommy I'm fixing he's food"

Children learn by exploring the world and their environment.  So I'm sure my Princess has learned a lot about fine motor control and artistic expression when she finger paints my kitchen wall with soft, stinky, cat food.  Did you know that hand washing is one of the single most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs*?  I have a few fun tricks to get my preschool students and my own Princess Destructo washing their hands after messy activities and as part of a healthy routine through out the day.

No Touch Hand Soap sensors even work for little hands.
Hand Washing tip # 1: Let them wash a toy in the sink, rubber duckies work well.  This will get their hands soapy and while they're having fun, they will also be scrubbing away grime and germs. 

Scrub a dub dub, one ducky in the tub

Hand Washing tip # 2: Sing the Alphabet Song at least once while hand washing. This will help give a time frame for scrubbing since children might not know how long 30 seconds really is.

Hand Washing tip #3: Take pictures of the different hand washing stages and post them near the sink.  We have done this at the child care center and laminated the photos to keep them from getting soggy.  This will give children a visual reminder of what to do while hand washing.

I'd love to hear tips for getting your family to scrub up!

Disclosure: I am part of the Lysol® Healthy Families Ambassador Program by Mom Central. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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