Some people have trouble getting their kids to brush their teeth before bed.
It makes sense.
Kids don’t want to brush their teeth because it means bedtime looms. The party is over.
Fortunately, I don’t have this problem. Ever. I love the bedtime routine! It always is so simple and easy and nobody ever complains! I just don’t understand what other parents are talking about, bedtime routine is lovely. It marks the end of a perfect and lovely day. Always.
Believe me? No? Good. Just making sure you were paying attention.
I do have a super secret awesome way to get my kids to brush their teeth without fuss though.
Open wide! Make sure you get those sharp teeth in back!
Smile like a monkey and get those side teeth!
A mouse would keep his front teeth really clean!
Some would call my super secret awesome method “playful parenting” or “engaged parenting” or other fancy things that make me look like a good parent. But really, I’m just tricking them. They have no idea we aren’t actually playing.
It takes energy to do this.
I don’t always have energy.
Sometimes, no most of the time, it looks more like this:
Those nights when I’m exhausted and can’t possibly pretend to be a monkey?
Those nights when my patience is worn thin?
Those nights when I just need them to go to bed so I can finally have a moment alone?
Those are the nights when nothing works.
Crappy Law of Parenting #10: The nights when you are exhausted and just need them to go to bed are the nights when they fight every single step of the bedtime routine.
(See more Crappy Laws of Parenting here. And I should mention that I have a whole chapter of these in my book. 50 of them in fact. But you’ll have to wait a few more months for that.)
Do you enjoy the bedtime routine? Don’t lie. Unless it is funny.