It would be nice if we as parents receive a manual at birth, but unfortunately. Parenthood can be difficult and one of the biggest challenges is perhaps getting them to bed in the evening with clean bodies and – especially – clean teeth and getting the kids out the door in the morning, preferably clean too.
Yet many parents find it a challenge to motivate their children to brush their teeth, instead of standing in the bathroom and looking in the mirror for a few minutes – if they have been able to keep up in that small room for so long. Maybe you can break the code now, here are some tips that can help you:
1. Challenge your child to hum a song while brushing
Challenge your kids to hum a song while brushing their teeth. Your child may be humming a song at a rapid pace, but all the better than leaving home with oatmeal between his teeth.
2. Let your child toothbrushing anywhere
Okay, maybe this scares you. But sometimes as a parent you have a tendency to have a close idea of where you can and cannot brush your teeth. Perhaps you notice that when you have your child brushed at the breakfast table or in the garden – let's say – new developments are taking place. It doesn't matter where it happens, as long as it happens.
3. Use your pet
You can always try to call in your pet for reinforcement. "Show well how to brush your teeth so that he can get strong and healthy teeth." If you have two kids, it can cause a fight over who can teach your four-legged friend teeth brushing and who can do it first – but brushing is guaranteed.
4. Let your child pick out a nice toothbrush
You can stand in front of a shelf with toothbrushes and let your child choose which one he or she really wants to use. Extra tip: buy one extra in case.
5. Play the favorite song
And say especially that there must be brushed until the song is over. You have to make sure that you don't put a 10-minute medley on, of course, and that your child does not use his toothbrush as a microphone.
6. Offer rewards
A little bribe is okay. For example, you can reward your child who, after getting dressed for the day, brushing his teeth and putting on his shoes, is allowed to watch television.
7. Show the difference between clean and "dirty" teeth
If you tell your kids that their teeth don't look clean, they may not understand it completely. You can hold a mirror up to them (literally) and show them what clean and dirty teeth actually look like. Also emphasize how clean teeth are equivalent to healthy and strong teeth.
Mind you, sometimes you have to be creative and combining these hacks if you want the job done.