Teaching good oral health to your children

Learning how to take care of their teeth at a young age will save your kids from other dental problems when they grow up.

Understandably, there are so many things that we have to prepare our kids for at an early age, from potty training, to sleeping arrangements, eating habits, to brushing their teeth regularly. As parents, we clearly know how crucial these things are for them once they start to work on their hygiene routines independently. Out of all these training, the oral care is admittedly one of the toughest habit to teach to them, considering that there is no natural body impulse to make them do it. I’ve seen so many children around 7 to 8 years old who are mortified when they go to a dental clinic. A trip to an orthodontist or dentist is surely not one of the most comfortable experiences for a kid, but nonetheless necessary. One of the ways to reduce their fear of oral check-up is to start from home.

As a mom of two active kids, I had the same struggle and I was even more pressured knowing that our family is not one to have a set of perfect teeth. This makes good oral care even more crucial in our home. I did all possible fun and kid-friendly ways to make oral care more acceptable and less horrifying for my kids. As a matter of fact, I introduced them early on to our family orthodontist in Vancouver even before the fear develops in their head. Fortunately, dentists and orthodontics around town try to be as kid-friendly as possible. Our first trip was just to introduce them to the Orthodontic, knowing full well that one of them will eventually have to wear braces. They were able to see how it works around a clinic and why it’s important to brush their teeth regularly.

So, going back home, I simply tell them about their experiences in the orthodontics to remind them to take care of their teeth. I tried not to be too strict about the rules, though. We just make sure to brush and floss our teeth together whenever we can, and candies are totally banned from our house. You see, the habits of eating sweets will also start young, and from home. So before they even get heavily influenced with what their classmates will be eating at school, it’s good to already put in their heads what they are allowed to eat. My other kid already went to school, and predictably, some of her classmates buy candies. She got tempted to buy one for herself, as well, but when she got home, she still got the candies with her. That’s when she asked me if she can eat those. On my part, that’s how I also knew that I’ve successfully managed to embed in their minds what’s good and harmful for their teeth. But of course, I allowed my daughter the treat of eating one of the candies she brought.

Teaching good oral health to children does not have to be a tough process. We all know how kids can easily adopt to things we teach them, so it’s crucial that we teach them the things that need to be avoided as part of caring for their teeth, and all these need to be done in the most positive way, possible.

 

Getting work and family life balance right

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As we become busy with our lives and pursuing our careers, we tend to forget how important a family is. Our family plays a very important role in our well-being and happiness.Not every circumstance, family and work place is the same, it is important to find a way that works best for you and your family.

Here are a few ways in which you can learn how to better divide your time between work & family life.

Organisation

By becoming better organised, you are giving yourself a head-start balancing work & family life. Whether you work at home or in an office away from home, you need to be able to organise exactly what you do every day. Get a list together of what needs to be done and when – this can work at home and in the work place.

Delegation

Don’t ever suffer in silence and wonder why you are doing all the work! Delegate tasks, chores and obligations at both household and work and you may start to free up a while for you. Create a chart that details what people should be doing to assist you to. If you include children, explain to them the way you need some time for it to relax and why they could help around the house. You may provide incentives to discover the children working! Rid yourself of the need to possess everything done there and then and you may start to loosen up. This is especially true in case you have children to care for as well. Children are difficult and unpredictable – meaning possibly you have to stop working for some time if you need to take care of an emergency or get them to dinner.

Alone time

Explain to your partner, or to your children that you need to be on your own every now and again! It isn’t being selfish to your children or partner if you want to be alone. We all need to be able to have some quality time with ourselves, especially when we live busy lives.

daycareFinding child care

Find a quality child care facility or childminder and let them take the strain of parenting off you for a while. You don’t have to feel guilty about this, as more often than not, the children will have a great time. You could perhaps work when the children are with the minder or you could have some quality time with your partner or yourself. There are many other ways in which you can balance work & family life successfully. Whether you work at home or in an office, remember that if you are tired and stressed at home or at work, you will be the same at the other.