Ever tried teaching a new thing to your kid?
There was a time; our time when we were kids, and our parents just need to say something and we used to do it, without asking why; well, this is not that time.
So, if you are asking your kid to do something, they will come up with at the very least 10001 million questions, asking why they should do it. Problem is you have to convince them for every question asked.
One slip and you lost the opportunity. 😦
Start all over again.
Today, I am not telling story of, how I teach my kids to brush their teeth, but instead, how they counter me in not doing so.
It was again Otu, my baby boy, with his deep thoughtful ‘whys’.
Otu just don’t like water. Not at all.
To the extent that he don’t want to wash his face or take bath.
But if you want to brush your teeth you have to touch water.
So how to come out of it.
Here is the full story.
One day he decided, that he will not do brush.
I retaliated with, “If you will not do brush all the germs from your mouth will go in your tummy and make you sick. So, you need to do brush every morning.”
he thought for a moment then –
“Mamma. Mamma. Look at me.
See there are germs in my mouth. (showing his big cookie monster mouth)
Now, my germs are going down my neck like this (gesturing with his hands), and now they are coming into my tummy.
From my tummy they are going down in my pee pee (you know what it is).”
He rushed to bathroom. Peed. Came running.
“Mamma I did pee pee (pee), and all my germs are gone. They all are flushed away. See, no germs now. “
“See, Mamma, I don’t have to brush my teeth. Only do pee pee.”