The following is a guest post from our sponsor, Listerine.
Sometimes getting my first grader up and out in the morning feels like a Herculean feat.You know, the battles over what clothes she wants to wear, how she wants her hair, and what she wants to eat. Then a friend told me that a good trick is to give her choices. Say, "Would you like to wear the red shirt or the pink shirt? Do you want pigtails or braids?" She said that once my daughter feels like she has a say in things, she's less likely to fight me.
And lo and behold, it actually worked! Motivated by my new-ound parental powers, I used the same tactic to teach her to brush her teeth better. We went to the drug store where she got to pick out her own toothbrush and her own toothpaste, while I picked up a bottle of Listerine® Agent Cool Blue®, a tinting rinse that's designed to help kids learn how to brush more thoroughly.
She was so excited that as soon as we got home she wanted to brush her teeth right away. I know! Mid-afternoon and begging to brush, can you believe it? So we took out all our new stuff and lined it up on the sink. First, I had her rinse her mouth with Agent Cool Blue®, which tinted her teeth a funky shade of blue. Once she saw that, she couldn't wait to grab her new brush and toothpaste to see how well she could brush it all off.
It slowed her down and helped her see all the surfaces of the teeth that she needed to focus on so that when she was done she (and I) knew that she had done a good job. From then on she was hooked, since she was having fun brushing she actually began to look forward to it.
Every mom knows that even though they're little, kids can still create huge battles over anything (and everything). I still can't get her to keep her sweater on, even when I think it's chilly outside, and we definitely have different interpretations of what playing nicely with her little brother means, but at least we have established peace around brushing her teeth. Hey, you take the small victories where you can get them.
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