These Habits That We Think Are “Healthy” For Our Children Are Really Not

There are many things we teach our children to do and develop into habits because we were taught that when we were kids. We think we’re passing down good habits to our children by telling them to drink their milk, sit straight, brush after every meal, etc.

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But did you know that many of these habits are actually harmful and is doing more damage to our children than helping them? Yes, many of the habits we were taught to be ‘good’ or ‘healthy’ are actually bad for our kids and we need to stop or modify how they do them.

1Using backpacks

We all know that children love backpacks and we as parents believe it is a better option. It has two straps that go over each shoulder so the weight of the backpack is equally divided. This is in contrast to a normal bag that has only one strap and the entire weight on the bag goes on one shoulder.

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2It is actually harmful

Yes, backpacks are not as good as we think.  The straps on these backpacks can be adjusted but most people don’t know how much to keep it at and this causes the backpacks to add pressure to certain points in our spine which can be really harmful later in life. It is also recommended to get backpacks with an orthopedic back that will be better for our spines.

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It is actually harmful

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3Cutting nails too short

This is something schools, as well as health care professionals, have always taught us. Keeping long nails is very unhygienic and if one is to keep them they need to make sure they are clean at all times. But, the issue with this is that most people recommend cutting your nails way too short than it should be.

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Cutting nails too short

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4This is bad because?

When we cut our nails too short we can expose the tender and soft flesh underneath. This can be a breeding ground for bacteria and this skin is too delicate. This is why it is under hard nails. This skin can easily get damaged and cause an infection. Cutting your nails to a point that it is short but this skin isn’t exposed is a good thing.

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This is bad because?

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5Brushing your teeth after every meal

This is something we’ve been taught since childhood. We should brush our teeth after every meal so that food particles don’t get stuck and we keep the hygiene of our mouth at a safe level. This also helps reduce the buildup of germs and cavities which allows our teeth to remain healthy.

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Brushing your teeth after every meal

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