You may be having trouble getting your children to brush their teeth, and you are not alone. Many kids consider brushing their teeth a chore. Do not fret; the following guide will show you 5 different ways you can get your children to brush their teeth without too much hassle.
1. The Short Request
You know that you can only get your child's attention for a short amount of time. This means that you need to be quick about how you communicate your requests. Just say "brush 'em" or "teeth" instead of giving your child a big lecture about brushing their teeth.
2. Consider Making It A Game
Children love games, so consider making tooth brushing fun. You can create competitions between your children and play games like charades. You can also play a drawing guessing game. You can use the bathroom mirror as your sketching board as long as you find an erasable marker.
Or, you can make up your own games, like some of the following:
- Musical brushing: Your children can only brush while the music is playing. Stop and start the music until they finish brushing their teeth. Keep score to see who failed to stop brushing when the music stopped to determine a winner.
- Storyteller: Let the child that is brushing his or her teeth tell a story without words. Try to interpret the story to the rest of your kids and see how fun it is to construct a story from wild guesses. You can take turns to see who gets to interpret the story.
3. Try Not To Be Excessive
Asking several times could make your request seem unimportant. Your children will learn to ignore you the first few times you ask them to brush their teeth. Do your best to just ask once. Do not worry if it does not work the first few times, because your children should eventually get the picture.
4. Your Tone Matters
Make sure you ask your children to brush their teeth in an authoritative, yet upbeat tone. The energy your voice projects, coupled with authority, may help your children take you seriously.
5. Create An Incentive
Yes, that dreadful incentive or reward tactic does work even in this situation. You can offer your children some kind of reward for listening to you the first time.
You can also ask your pediatric dentist for other ways to get your kids to take their oral care regimen more seriously. But, as you can see, there are a few ways to make your children brush their teeth as they should.