I was watching last week’s Supernanny – I’m lucky I have a DVR, otherwise I’d never watch TV!
Anyway, in last week’s episode, the family had an almost 5 year old girl, and twin 3 1/2 year old boys.
Well, the parents were complete control freaks! They wouldn’t let the kids run a few feet ahead of them. And, they didn’t let the kids brush their own teeth.
You should have seen how they brushed the teeth for them! It was like torture for the kids.
They laid them down and propped their heads up on pillows and while the kid screamed, brushed their teeth.
Supernanny offered them a pretty cool technique for allowing the kids to brush their own teeth. She gave them all their own portable mirrors so they could see themselves while brushing. And, she told the mom to sing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” two times. That way, the kids knew how long they should brush their teeth.
I thought that was really useful and a good way to provide kids with a cue to know how long they should brush their teeth. Or even a cue for me to know!
I think I’m going to try it with baby girl and see if it’ll help her to get better at brushing her teeth.
Now, how to teach her to spit the tooth paste out and not swallow it?