When raising children, one of the biggest challenges to parents is discussing health-related issues with their child. This is especially true of the loss of baby teeth. Since losing baby teeth is a part of every kid’s life, it’s important for parents to know how to handle the event with grace.
Here are just a few ways to get kids used to the idea of losing teeth, and for parents to teach their children about good health.
Use Positive Reinforcement
The age-old method of providing children with a gift from the tooth fairy when they lose a tooth has a touch of wisdom at its core. Because difficult events tend to become easier for children when positive results occur, a small reward for a child will get their minds off a lost tooth, and onto their prize.
Explain the Importance of Change in a Healthy Life
While children certainly may be baffled by some events in life, it is also true that they are often wiser than we give them credit for. Explaining to your son or daughter that the loss of a tooth is a vital part of their growth as a person, is a great way to show your child that you respect their ability to understand big issues. It may also help them to feel positive about the change. For added clarity in a lesson, try scheduling an appointment with a Burlington dentist or dental hygienist at a local Eastgate Dental Centre in order to teach your child about proper dental care and health, and how the loss of baby teeth is a normal part of good dental care.
Set a Good Example
In dealing with health-related issues in children, we often forget how much children look up to adults. Explaining to your child that you once had teeth like theirs and had to lose them to get the ones you have now, will show your child that they will one day be just like you. What might have been a slightly stressful situation will now seem like a lesson in how life works.
Find a Good Children’s Book
At any good bookstore, parents can find a number of great children’s books that will teach children about losing teeth in terms they understand. Ask the bookstore owner if there are any books on the subject featuring your child’s favorite characters, since children tend to trust and identify with the characters they love.
In this way, finding the right method of teaching your child about the healthy process of losing baby teeth does not have to be difficult. With the right attitude and materials, the process will be easy, and will leave both you and your child with a sense of relief and an eye to the future.
How did your children handle losing teeth?
Guest Post written by Brooke Chaplan. Brooke is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She enjoys hiking, biking, running and blogging about many different subjects including family, home and fitness. Contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan
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