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Setting Examples and Keeping It Simple

Setting Examples and Keeping It Simple  01/03/20Being a role model for your kids doesn’t have to be complicated.  Start small.

For example, 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. You could be talking aloud to yourself, or to another adult, while your kids can overhear you.

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.

Check out other quick reads on topics related to children, families, and finances on the NDSU Extension webpage at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/cff/posts.

Source:  Kim Bushaw, NDSU Extension Family Science Specialist

Photo Source: https://pixabay.com/illustrations/brushing-teeth-tooth-dental-teeth-2351803/ (downloaded 1/7/20)

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