Top 20 Good Habits To Teach Your Kids

Good habits go a long way in character-formation. Therefore, it is essential to teach your child good habits early on. Here are top 20 habits for your little one.

By Dr Priscilla J S Selvaraj  • 9 min read

Top 20 Good Habits To Teach Your Kids

While most parents may focus on their children’s health and education right from the preschool stage, when it comes to the formation of good habits for kids, they tend to be a little slack and postpone it for much later. But, parents should realise that it is essential to help children form good habits right from the time they are two or three years old. Here, we list out 20 good habits you can practice daily with your kids!

20 Good habits parents must teach their kids

Here is a list of good habits for kids that parents need to focus on:

1. Making 'reading' a habit 
Top 20 Good Habits To Teach Your Kids

This habit opens up the gateways of knowledge to your child apart from serving as a healthy pastime. Let your child realise that books can be her best companions.

2. Playing outdoors

Top 20 Good Habits To Teach Your Kids

Rather than being a couch potato, encourage your little one to spend time in outdoor play. This will not only ensure physical fitness for him but also help develop his cognitive abilities.

3. Saving money

Top 20 Good Habits To Teach Your Kids

Get your child a piggy bank and teach her to start saving. Make her realise its importance. Let her watch her bank grow over a period.

4. Conserving resources

Whether it is water or electricity, let your child learn to save these precious resources. Make him understand that both natural and manmade resources need to be saved.

5. Limiting screen time

Top 20 Good Habits To Teach Your Kids

This is a valuable habit your child needs to learn early on. With the present generation of children growing up on gadgets, it is very difficult to wean them away from technology once they get hooked to it. Therefore, minimise the time your child spends before screens.

6. Being organised

Top 20 Good Habits To Teach Your Kids

Let your child learn to put back toys and books in their respective places once she is through with them. Teach her to keep her things in an orderly manner. Most of our time get lost in searching for something or the other. Being organised will ensure your child does not have to waste her time in this manner.

7. Adhering to a routine

Sticking to a set routine goes a long way in making your child disciplined. Help him to ease into a routine right from his early days.

8. Adopting a friendly attitude

Encourage your child to socialise with those around her and make friends among her peers. Forming friendships and maintaining them is an essential habit she will require for life.

9. Following a healthy lifestyle

Top 20 Good Habits To Teach Your Kids

Good eating habits, sleeping habits, physical exercise – all these contribute to your child’s health. Let him adapt a lifestyle that will ensure he stays healthy.

10. Maintaining cleanliness

Guide your child to keep her room clean always. Teach her not to litter. Being neat, tidy and orderly will de-clutter her mind and help her stay calm and focussed. Let her also extend this cleanliness to her neighbourhood. Teach her to dispose of waste only in garbage bins in public places.

11. Following good personal hygiene habits

Top 20 Good Habits To Teach Your Kids

Brushing the teeth, bathing, washing the hands before and after eating, not picking the nose, closing the mouth while sneezing or coughing, washing the face, hands and feet immediately after entering the house – these are some of the points you should include when you train your child on hygiene. Good hygiene contributes to good health. Make your child realise this.

12. Confiding in you

Top 20 Good Habits To Teach Your Kids

Tell your child to speak freely to you on anything and everything. Let her share with you all that happened during the day. Encourage her to confide in you when something bothers her. This will, especially, prove helpful when it comes to issues such as bullying or sexual abuse.

13. Working hard

Top 20 Good Habits To Teach Your Kids

Teach your little one to be as busy as the bee. Let her learn the importance of hard work. Make her understand that a laid-back or lackadaisical attitude towards work will get her nowhere.

14. Exhibiting good manners

Top 20 Good Habits To Teach Your Kids

‘Please’, ‘Sorry’ and ‘Thank you’ – teach your child to use these words whenever required. Let her never hesitate to do so. Also, impart lessons on table manners, conversational etiquette, behaviour in public and so on to her quite early in life.

15. Sharing

Today’s materialistic world makes children selfish. Let your little one learn the habit of sharing what she has with others. This will make her become conscious to the needs of others.

16. Extending courtesy

Explain to your child the importance of being kind and courteous. This habit will ensure she enjoys a good relationship with her peers.

17. Showing respect

Top 20 Good Habits To Teach Your Kids

Lessons on respect should begin quite early. Make your child understand that she needs to respect elders. Also, let her understand that she has to treat everyone with dignity.

18. Being honest

Let your child form the habit of saying the truth always. Correct her if she resorts to lying.

19. Helping others

Let your little one understand that as human beings we need to help those in need, especially the less privileged and downtrodden. Whether it is a visit to old age homes and orphanages or extending a helping hand to an elderly person to cross the road, make your child realise that it is our duty to help others.

20. Having patience

Being patient will mould your child’s character into a well-rounded personality. Teach her to wait for her turn in queues and not to lose her temper easily.

You may teach these habits to your child through stories, role-plays or songs. But, the best way to teach them will be by practising them yourself. Remember the adage, ‘Practise what you preach’. 

About the author:

Written by Dr Priscilla J S Selvaraj, PhD (Eng & Edu) on 13 September 2017; updated on 22 June 2020

The author is an educationist, language specialist and writer. In a career spanning over two decades, she has taught from preschool to B-School and trained teachers, master trainers and software professionals. She is also a former member of curriculum and syllabus development committees (Govt of Tamil Nadu). Her passion for the written word matches her enthusiasm for entertaining little kids by breaking out into nursery rhymes.

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