10 Habits Parents Should Teach Their Children For School

Children learn more by observing parents than by listening to what they are taught. If there are habits parents should teach their children, it is imperative that they follow them too. It’s vital that you practice what you preach, or your kids will have a hard time trying to emulate good habits. If your child is old enough to understand good habits, start young! Scroll below and keep reading to know how you can factor in good habits in your little one’s life.

10 Must Good Habits For School Children:

Here is the list of good habits for students that you must introduce as they get started into school.

1. Eat Healthy Foods:

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This one’s probably the toughest of them all. Just like most other children, your child too will be tempted to grab a bag of chips or a packet of biscuits.

  • Explain the importance of healthy eating and how junk foods could be harmful for health.
  • Make homemade versions of fast food snacks like noodles, pasta and pizza for your child occasionally.

2. Table Manners:

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This is definitely one of the most important points among good habits list you need to educate your child about. It’s now time to start treating your child like an adult as he sits at the table for dinner.

3. Brushing Twice a Day:

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Younger children are often lazy when it comes to brushing their teeth.

  • Make sure you take a few minutes to educate him about the importance of proper brushing.
  • Try and make brushing a fun-filled activity by occasionally allowing him some sweet treats if he promises to brush right after he has them.

4. Sleep On Time:

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Get your child to establish a correct sleep schedule.

  • It will be the most important when your child starts going to school.
  • Stick to a regular bedtime yourself. Your child is less likely to be awake if you aren’t.

5. Play Outdoors:

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It’s easy to get glued to the TV screen watching cartoons or playing screen games, but that’s not what you would want your child to be doing.

  • Get out with him for some fresh outdoor activities every day.
  • Encourage physical activity.

6. Cleaning Up The Mess:

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It’s always a good idea to get your child clean up the mess in his room.

  • Allot him a span of 10-15 minutes a day to make sure all his toys, books and stuff are placed at their appropriate places.
  • You can always reward him with his favourite home-cooked snack afterward!

7. Be Responsible With Money:

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If your child is old enough that you start to offer him pocket money, educate him about being responsible with money.

  • Get him a piggy bank.
  • Encourage him to save his money and manage his expenses within a given budget (you do it all the time- and it’s time to let your child know that too).

8. Say ‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’:

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Another basic rule you need to educate your child about. ‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’ are magical words that can handle most jobs without any hassles, and that’s what you would want your child to know.

9. Sharing Is Caring:

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It is one of the very important good habits for school children.

  • If your child is an only child, you will need to explain how sharing transforms as an important part of life.
  • Educate him about how sharing doubles up the joy and how he is lucky enough to have a particular toy or object while others are not.
  • Siblings usually have no problem with this one (in most cases). If there are issues then you know how best to teach your children the art of sharing.

10. Don’t Litter Public Spaces:

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Explain to your child about how littering public places like a park or a garden is a symbol of a bad citizen. Ask him to always throw away trash in a dustbin and play his part in being a civilized citizen.

It is rightly said that old habits die hard. This article lists some of the habits parents should teach their children to impact their lives positively and drive them to be responsible and considerate citizens. To make a lasting impact on your child, ensure you follow the habits you want in your children as they learn by observing their parents. However, teaching new habits is not enough. Ensure your children are aware of the benefits of following the habits and see that they stick with them.


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Manjiri Kochrekar

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Katherine Paxton

(Applied Psychology Program)
Katherine Paxton is an internationally-known award winning author of the book “Counselling people on the autism spectrum; A practical manual”. She graduated from a tri-university Applied Psychology Program of Campus Alberta (University of Alberta, Athabaska University, and University of Lethbridge). Katherine has supported people with diverse abilities for over a quarter of a century, including 15 years as a counselor... more