Chasing after all the little things and big things the kids need to be actively doing, can certainly be exhausting. Teeth. I have a hard enough time chasing after mine let alone the kids. My hubby is better at chasing after their teeth and he hasn't been here much. So I decided, after seeing a woman my age with disgustingly, screaming white teeth, to have a 'get your teeth whiter' contest. I took pictures of their grins and next week we are going to take some new pictures and see if there is a difference. I have picked up two minute hour glass timers (or whatever you call them) and that has helped some in the past, but the mere fact that they don't understand the twice a day concept makes me a bit tired.
My mom, a dental hygienist by trade, seemed to have no trouble impressing upon us the importance of brushing but there were only two of us. Charley and I have been boosting bottoms up on the counter, changing table, etc. for teeth brushing for almost 22 years and still counting. The little ones get help and the older ones, we at this point, we can only pray they are chasing their teeth. I have made the drill noise when asked what happens if they don't brush their teeth better............they have blank faces in return. I hate that noise.
It seems we escape the drill mainly for not drinking soda or juice etc. They also have a mother who is incapable of making them cookies so that is a plus for them and my pocket book in dental bills. Their father hates gum chewing. He inherited that loathing from his parents who probably were strictly opposed to gum chewing from the lack of money for that luxury. That too has helped.
I think I will go brush my teeth now. Our reward for improvement in teeth brushing has been decided upon too by-the-way. One package of Oreo cookies to be woofed by the kids who have shown improvement. Perhaps we will have one package of Oreo's a week to make sure they are keeping up.