6 Effective ways to build HEALTHY habits for your toddler!

She yelled NO, laid down on the floor and started screaming at the top of her lungs!

If you have a toddler, you can easily visualize the following while having a smirk on your face reminding you of why that little rascal is not obeying your rules, and acting up. Yes, they are trying to show their personalities, opinions, and desires, but they are also trying to see how far they can push you as their caretaker. It’s their job to push the envelope, and you’re job to draw boundaries that works well for you and your family!

Here are 6 effective ways I got my toddler to not only love brushing her teeth (MOST of the time), but to know that she has to do it whether she likes it or not.

1- Monkey see monkey do. Hypocrisy never works, especially with children. If you want them to eat their veggies, but they never see you eat any veggies, why would they obey?

2- Make it fun! When I brush Julia’s teeth, she is super entertained! I sing to her, I make animal noises (monkeys are her favorite), and sometimes I make really sill loud noises when she’s starting to move around too much!

3- Bribes. I know, I know - that’s not the best word to use but that’s the truth. Bribe them with things that they like to do the things they need to do. Julia loves to watch the baby shark song on youtube, (which kid doesn’t?) - so I tell her that if she sits still while she’s brushing her teeth, she can watch 10 minutes of youtube.

4- Human distraction. Have someone talk to your child while you are brushing their teeth - dad, mom, grandma etc - let them talk to them and tell them a story. Works every time!

5- Create a character. The character I created for Julia during brush is “The Big Bad Bug” and I sing to her and tell stories about that Bug, to make it go go go away.

6- Allow them to do unto you, as you do unto them! The other day Julia asked to brush my teeth. What did I do? I literally stopped everything I was doing to let her do that. I wanted her to see that when she asks me to do something that important for my benefit, I obey and go with her. Click here to watch this video, it’s super cute!

I hope you found this helpful! Mommyhood is the most amazing, yet the most challenging thing ever. It really does take a village, and that’s what I’m trying to create for moms all over the world - a platform where they can share what works and what doesn’t for them, for their health and the health of their babies.

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