Ariana - posted on 02/20/2013 ( 7 moms have responded )
I'm walking my friends child to school and I couldn't get the daughter to brush her teeth. I'm supposed to walk two of them but the one girl was sick. The mom was there too so I wasn't sure what I should do because she flatly refused to do it, and then her Dad came in (who sometimes can stay longer in the morning and sometimes can't, so today everybody was there). He tried to get her to and couldn't and then her Mom just said it's fine we won't worry about it today.
I'm not sure what I should suggest, I mean I want to respect the boundaries of it being there kid. I had tried to ask her to do it for just 30 seconds and then no more, and I tried explaining about how teeth get dirty, and I tried asking her if she wanted to sing the teeth brushing song. No dice on everything.
I mean I could tell her she has to stay in the bathroom until she's ready to brush them, but ultimately she'll have to get out the door to school. I might try to offer to read her a story after she's brushed her teeth, or I'm thinking I'll bring my own tooth brush and offer to brush my teeth with her.
Not sure if there are any other ideas or things I could do, I have to bring her and her sister, some days only her sister, who apparently also may not wish to brush her teeth, so I'm not sure if I should worry about it, or just ask the mom what I should do and if they do great and if they don't it's up to her what to do.
I'll try to offer to brush my teeth with her and a short story afterwards.
Also my friend had asked me to be there from 7:30 until walking them to school so I'm not sure if I'm just supposed to show up and walk them over, and not try to help, or if I'm actually supposed to be getting them ready. I thought I was supposed to show up and get them ready but I don't know, the parents are there so they're the main authority so I'm not sure how much I can do or what the Mom wants me to do.
I know what I would do if it were my kid but when I tried to ask her what do you want me to do she just said, it's fine etc. I just don't want her to think I can't do it, but also don't want to do anything she doesn't want done.
Who knew teeth brushing could turn into such a battle?