The bathroom has loads of cool things. A faucet that could be a waterfall, tons of bottles to line up, to look at, to arrange as bowling pins for that body puff...yes, a plethora of things to distract our little ones from the task at hand: brushing teeth.
Just as we are discussing our kids zoning out (or being engaged) as they view the screens in the living room or bedroom with that screen-time habit, we need to take a few minutes and check in on how they do with focusing on their brushing habit.
Are they really looking at and concentrating on getting those teeth clean, or is it just second nature by now, where they can tune out the brushing and daydream and think about 23 other things while they do it? It is a question we can ask ourselves, too. Kids have to remember this task, this cleaning, requires 100% attention. All too often, minds wander and, as a result, those back teeth just aren't as tended to as they ought to be.
How to do this? Purely by reminders every so often. We all need a nudge every once and a while. Tell them, as they head to the bathroom, to be focused on what they need to do with that toothbrush and not trying to figure out how many tiles are in that bathtub or pretending to be a superhero towering atop that plastic stool.
Do your kids (or do you) zone out when brushing? Do you stay with them in the bathroom while they brush?