This week's Friday Club Parenting Carnival over at Notes from home is all about parenting tips. Mmm... I'm not sure I'm qualified to give tips on parenting but I DID manage to get DD to allow me to brush her teeth this week. Here's how it went...
Me: Ok time to brush your teeth.
DD: *Shakes head violently*
Me: Now, we always brush teeth before bed, don't we?
DD: *Shakes head violently*
Me: Ok, we don't always but we're going to tonite. (Flash of inspiration after spotting favourite soft toy Bunny sitting to DD's right) What's that you said Bunny? (Hold Bunny to my ear so it can whisper to me)
DD: *Stops shaking head and looks interested*
Me: Ahh... Bunny says that she wants to watch you brush your teeth so that she can learn how to do it!
DD: *Looks more interested* Bunny!
Me: Ok, here we go (brush top and bottom teeth quickly, glancing at Bunny sideways and whispering to DD as I brush), Bunny's still watching!
DD: *Glances at Bunny*
Me: There we are, all done. How was that Bunny? (Hold Bunny to ear again.) Bunny says WELL DONE! She is SO proud of you!
DD: *Beams* Prowwwd
Me: And Mummy's proud of you too.
DD: *Glances at Bunny again, ignoring me*
My tip? Find the character that your little one respects more than you (you know it's true, deal with it and move on), and use and abuse said character to encourage them to do something they don't really want to do like brushing their teeth. Do I feel bad about doing this? Not at all, DD shows real happiness that Bunny is proud of her. Now, I wonder how much Bunny would charge to get DD to eat...
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Photo credit: Toothbrush by Darren Robertson at freedigitalphotos.net