how can i get my 8 yr old to brush teeth in morning b4 school?

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Barb - posted on 05/27/2011

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ask him why he doesn't want to brush his teeth. If it is a matter of remembering to do it, maybe put a check list of things to do before school on the fridge for him to check so you don't have to nag.
Let him see you brushing your teeth, and hand him his toothbrush with toothpaste on it. That kinda lets him know he is expected to do it.

Christy - posted on 05/27/2011

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Try different flavors of tooth paste. Or let him go with you to the store to pick out a cute kids tube of tooth paste. Decide together on a reward system for brushing his teeth. Maybe each day he could put a star on the calendar and when he has 7 stars he can go to the $1 store to pick a prize. Then as he does better, you can push to 10 or 15 days before prizes. Brain storm ideas with him so that he's on board with the idea and willing to follow through!

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Jodie - posted on 05/27/2011

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thanx to everyone for the great tips,im going to go away and try themand ill post bk in a month or so and tell use how im getting on thsnks again moms xxxxxxxxxx

Barb - posted on 05/27/2011

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If it is just pure defiance, that is something else to be dealt with.

Just like there are benefits to brushing your teeth, there are consequences for NOT brushing your teeth and if they mean a trip to the dentist then it's going to be painful.

You can either give her consequences now (hopefully non painful) for not brushing her teeth; ie losing privileges, having to go to bed earlier, no tv, no computer, etc.
As well as reward her for the good behavior of brushing your teeth. Perhaps some of Christy's ideas.

Jodie - posted on 05/27/2011

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i do all that n sometimes it works but other days she refuses shes 8 n knows brushing is importent when you have adult teeth i just dont underzstand her somtimes

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