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Why a Clean Household is Imperative to your Child’s Health 

From as soon as you are able to pick up a broom, it is hammered into you that it is imperative that you maintain a clean home. This is partly due to the social expectations that are upheld throughout society and the association that cleanliness has with your health.   

When you have children, this is only further pushed. In fact, it is part of human nature to put lots of time into cleaning once you find out that you are pregnant. This is a natural human instinct known as nesting and it is something that all parents will experience at one point or another.  

As your child ages, then it is likely that you will quickly forget the importance of keeping your house clean due to just how naturally messy children can be. I mean, who has the time to spend all day cleaning up after your children? Though it may be ok to allow a little bit of mess and clutter to develop, it is important that you make sure that the mess doesn’t develop further than this. You may not know that having a clean house can actually be extremely beneficial to the health of your child and here is why.  

Children spend a lot of time indoors  

As you may know, the snowfall in Canada can get really heavy and the conditions outside can be quite dangerous a lot of the time. For this reason, it is likely that your child will spend quite a lot of time inside in order to escape the cold. Because of this, your child will be exposed to all of the bacteria that can be housed inside of your home. It also means that they will be inside much more to make a mess, that you will only need to clean up.  

Being exposed to poor bacteria is extremely dangerous when your child is at the developmental stages of their lives. Due to the fact that they do not receive their important vaccinations until later on in life, your child could pick up terrible illnesses such as the flu. If you are worried that your child may fall victim to some of the potential illnesses that are out there, be sure to follow this list of things that professional cleaners always do, as you’ll be able to pick up some easy tips that you can use in your home. 

Mental health  

These days, growing up can be extremely stressful. Children are under a lot of pressure these days, with the increase of workload and just the general ongoings in the world. Something that you may not know is that having a messy or cluttered home can actually be extremely detrimental to the mental health of your children. This is because a cluttered environment can cause a lot of stress, as humans were not made to live in an overwhelming environment. If you clean your home, then that is one less thing that your child has to worry about.  

5 Family-Friendly Activities To Keep Your Kids Engaged and Active

During the lockdown, without to ability to take your children to leisure venues such as museums and pools, and unable to visit friends or family, it can be hard to keep your children engaged and active. Bellow, is a compiled list of family-friendly activities to help keep your children happy and healthy over lockdown.

Board Games

Board games can be fun for all the family. Just as long as no one gets too competitive! Depending on the game, it can be a great way to improve your child’s deductive reasoning skills as well as a way to have quality time together as a family. Perhaps choose one evening a week to spend together playing. A good routine can also help add some more sense to your child’s understanding of lockdown.

A number of fun age-appropriate board games include:

  • Cluedo
  • Agricola (Family Edition)
  • Ticket to Ride

Wii

Now whilst we are probably spending too much time looking at our screens during the lockdown, we can choose which screens we look at and for what reason. Whilst other video games on other consoles require little more than the movement of your fingers, games made for the Wii console are often made with movement in mind. Created specifically for children and families, having fun whilst fighting off aliens or playing against one another in a virtual game of tennis can be a great bonding experience for the entire family.

Some active Wii games include:

  • Wii sports
  • Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games
  • Just Dance

Quizzes

During the lockdown, plenty of us has had quiz nights over zoom with our friends or co-workers. So why not have one with your family? A regular quiz night can be a great way to increase your child’s and your own general knowledge whilst learning together as a team. There are plenty of age-appropriate quizzes online. You can even gradually increase the difficulty. Just make sure you get the correct level answers! Another great way to increase your child’s engagement is to have them be the ones making the quizzes for you and other family members to answer. And every so often you could have a quiz dedicated to their favorite subject, TV show, or recent fascination.

Cooking

Teaching your children how to cook can not only be engaging, it can also teach your child vital skills that they will need later in life. There are plenty of simple and child-friendly recipes online as well as in family-oriented cookbooks to take inspiration from. Cooking is also far more physical than people realize and can also be a great way to improve motor skills in young children.

Gardening

With Spring nearly upon us, it is time to get our green fingers ready! Growing your own plants, especially fruit and vegetables, can be a great way to teach children responsibility as well as the importance of eating healthily. It is also a very physical task and as such is a great way to keep the whole family active as lockdown continues.