One of the usual mommy dilemma that I heard about and talked several times over was about the dreaded catch-me-if-you-can moments of “Toothbrush Time”. The usual reaction when it’s brushing time is clenched their mouths closed and hold it in. If this sounds familiar with you, you are not alone, like I said, it’s been one of the usual predicaments parents have to face aside from potty training and transition from milk to healthy (hello veggies!) solid food.
I’ve been there, and so in this blogpost, I’ll share with you the tricks that works for us and I hope these will help you, too!
Familiarity – I let them watch me brush my teeth. I make them watch me slowly put the paste on my brush, move closer to their ears and let them hear the squish-squash sound of scrubbing those chompers – I see fascination in their big pupil-ed eyes wondering how I made those out-of-this-world, monster-like noises while creating suds, and small bubbles. I even go to the point where I let them touch the foam just for fun’s sake before we do the brushing to them.
Fun – I let them watch videos of cool toothpaste commercials. Just like this oldie but goodie commercial from Colgate, “Brush, Brush, Brush 3x a day!” It’s an LSS-inducing song but I won’t mind singing along with it.
Execution – I let them use colorful and unique, made-for-kids toothpaste and toothbrushes just like the latest Colgate toothbrush for kids – the Colgate Minion brushes!
#Kulayot using Colgate Minions Kids 5-9 Years Old (Youth) Oral Care Pack: http://www.lazada.com.ph/colgate-minions-kids-5-9-years-old-oral-care-pack-4804586.html?spm=a2o4l.sis-3220.127.116.11sWUa5&ff=1
#Dabibot using Colgate Minions Kids 2-5 Years Old (Junior) Oral Care Pack: http://www.lazada.com.ph/colgate-minions-kids-2-5-years-old-oral-care-pack-4804587.html?spm=a2o4l.sis-318.104.22.168sWUa5&ff=1
These tips sure sells them out in opening the clenched mouths. Now, they are always anticipating the Toothbrush time!
One of the things I learned from the previous Despicable Me movies was that there is no way, and I mean, nothing, of any great significance, relevance and magnitude can be accomplished alone. Gru himself had little helpers he liked to call “Minions” to help him sort his troubles. It was only through his minions’ loyalty and dedication that he got his self together.
So don’t get burnt out in making your kids brush their teeth, allow Colgate Minions to do the trick!