Little kids are stubborn. They like what they like, and they want what they want. And although you as a parent can encourage your little ones to make good and healthy decisions, they won’t always want to listen. If your child refuses to brush their teeth and throw a temper tantrum if you try to do it for them, try these following steps to motivate them to warm up to the idea.
- Read Dental Books
No, we are not talking about medical or text books here— in fact, there are several children’s books designed to teach young children both the fun and importance of brushing their teeth both morning and night. By reading these books, your children will be able to relate to the characters in the book and see firsthand just how fun and exciting brushing their teeth can be. Additionally, try to discuss each page of the book with your child to make sure they are understanding the concept.
- Brush Your Teeth In Front of Them
Children love to mimic things that adults do. That’s why things like play kitchens and play cars were created— little kids simply can’t wait to be big kids one day. If your little one is having a hard time warming up to the idea of brushing their teeth, try brushing your teeth in front of them. If they don’t take notice at first, continue with this cycle— they will eventually take notice and will hopefully start to become more intrigued by tooth brushing.
- Let Them Choose Their Own Toothbrush and Toothpaste
One of the best things about the oral hygiene industry is that they have created toothbrushes and toothpastes with famous children’s characters or cartoons on them. Take your child with you to your local drugstore or grocery store and let them pick out their own fun toothbrush and accompanying toothpaste— this should help get them excited about brushing their teeth and help them stay motivated.
Raising children is a tough job, especially when they don’t listen. However, by following the above three tips, you can encourage your children to enjoy brushing their teeth without having to face the daily temper tantrums.
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