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Being a Role Model Doesn't Have to be Complicated

Start small. If you make a habit of brushing your teeth with the bathroom door open and then talking about how clean your teeth feel, chances are your children will do the same with less prompting.

One family lucky enough to have two bathroom sinks calls “toothbrush party!” and all three youngsters gather with their dad to brush their teeth as a prerecorded two-minute song plays in the background.

“It’s a little messy” admits the father, “but if it gets all of our teeth clean in two minutes with no fussing, I am happy to wash the sinks.”

This parent is promoting a healthful habit by brushing with his kids and making it fun.

Source:, NDSU Family Science Specialist, 701-231-7450

Photo credit to Pixabay

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