After months of defeat and fights about brushing teeth, I had a dream. And in my dream, my son asked me to brush his teeth. At this time, he was struggling and fighting for his right not to do it. A tantrum one day and a shut mouth the next. Or he only brushed his front teeth for 15 seconds and nothing more. All unacceptable options, but they were our reality.
Until one day I started “Tooth Time is Party Time!” For weeks we celebrated and laughed, and then one day I brushed his teeth for longer until I managed to do it for 2 minutes without problems.
A few months after having started this method that changed everything, we went to a family party one night. That night we got back late, and my 4-year-old son fell asleep as soon as he got in the family car. He slept the whole way home, which was about an hour. When we arrived, I carried him inside because he was asleep and brought him to his room. He was sprawled across the bed and asleep while I changed him into his pyjamas. When I was about to tuck him in, he opened one of his little eyes and said to me, half asleep, “Mommy, we didn’t brush our teeth.” I told him, “It’s okay, go back to sleep.” And he closed his eyes and kept sleeping.
What about you? Have you had a dream?