Kids love mimicking adults, but when it comes to certain activities like brushing teeth, they might be a bit resistant. Does our body language show brushing teeth to be a tiresome and unpleasant chore to be rushed through?
If you are one of those parents who are finding it rather tedious getting your little ones to brush, here are a few tips to make it a more fun activity and less of a brushing battle.
Change your body language while you brush your teeth: Act like it is something you are looking forward to doing and as you brush, do it with a lot of gusto and fanfare.
Make it funny: If you can tickle their funny bone, half your job is done. Intersperse your brushing with funny and ridiculous gestures and expressions.
Sing: Come up with catchy little numbers on brushing teeth. Sing it while you brush and also while you do your daily chores, especially in the presence of your little ones.
Admire: Your child is watching you while you groom yourself. They notice the care with which you undertake such activities. Do the same for your teeth. Admire your teeth and exclaim how beautiful and clean they look and how you must keep taking care of them.
Make it a group activity: Make it noisy; make it fun. Get other family members to participate.
Ease off the pressure: Depending on your kids’ personalities, the more insistent you are about brushing thoroughly, the more your little ones may resist. So ease off on the pressure.
Ensure you get your brushing done twice a day, every day and before you know it, they’ll pick up what you’re laying down.