I want to talk to you about how to help your kids to brush their teeth, even if they don’t want to. This is important because it helps to develop the pattern of tooth brushing at an early age. On a deeper level, learning this skill at a young age and taking responsibility for their own habits of how they brush their teeth and look after their mouth will develop greater levels of self-awareness about their own mouth and body.
It’s important to try and allow your children to brush their teeth on their own. Sometimes, they’re not going to want to do that and that’s okay. The idea is to know when to continue and when to stop and to try and encourage them with gentle means and keep things as fun as possible. I try songs or tickles and to keep things as light-hearted as possible. And Finn is going to help us to learn how to brush our teeth.
It’s better not to push it, and to try to have a bit of fun than to be a negative experience. Sometimes you can push a bit harder if they haven’t actually cleaned their teeth at all with you for two or three days. And I know it’s more about the learning and the habit and the self-awareness than trying to get perfection every time.
We all know it can be so hard to help our children to be motivated to do things from time to time. But I want to encourage you to encourage them. At the end of the day, that’s going to help in a positive way without building up negative barriers in this important time.