Encouraging kids to brush their teeth can be one of the hardest things to do as a parent. There are so many methods and tips and tricks but when it comes to encouraging kids to brush it can be really simple.
Kids learn from what they see, it’s something we’re told constantly (or at least I am) and it always seems to be in a negative way. Swearing, arguing, attitude the list seems pretty endless sometimes.
I’m often reminded of myself when my stubborn 4 year old refuses to give in or talks back but is it all bad? NO, I don’t think so! They can learn good behavior too. Being polite and good music taste but how can this help with encouraging kids to brush?
You brush your teeth together.
One way I found to encourage Pops to brush her teeth was for us both to do it together. We would take turns brushing each others teeth and then end with brushing our own while we danced around to make it fun. I think its really important to brush smaller kids teeth for them so letting them do yours too (even if you’re not going to bed just yet) is a nice way for them to feel included. I add the end bit where she can do her own because I don’t want her to stop wanting to brush them for herself. It doesn’t HAVE to include dancing but it does make it better!
Have you heard of the saying MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO? Use that to your advantage and get your monkey doing what you want by showing them how it’s done.
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Until the next post,
Are and Pops.