It’s that time again. The kids are back to school in just a few days, and most parents we know are feeling mixed emotions. While we love having the little ones at home for the summer, it’s also great to see them learning and growing while at school!
The good news is that summer will be back again next year. For now, it’s time to get back into the groove of waking up early, being productive at school, and enjoying after-school activities. We’re here to help with some great tips for parents so you can do more of what you love: spend quality time with your kids.
Stick With A Routine
It seems simple, but the best way to avoid evening and morning disagreements with the kids is to develop a structured routine. Without a plan, it’s easy for things (like brushing teeth) to be forgotten!
A structured routine means that it’s done the same way every day. You can even let the kids have a say in the routine! It might look like this:
- Wake up
- Get Dressed
- Eat Breakfast
- Brush Teeth
- Pack Lunch
- Kiss Mom & Dad Goodbye
- Go to Bus Stop
Whatever you decide, make sure that it’s simple and easy to carry out each and every day. Once your kids buy in, you’ll have more drama-free mornings and healthier smiles!
Try a Dental Care App
It’s easy to say your kids will buy into a routine, but it’s much harder to actually make it happen. If your kids love to interact with technology, a dental app might be helpful! Do a quick search for toothbrush timer, and you’ll find several options.
These apps are great for kids of all ages. You can find music, point-collecting systems, and more! Try a few out and find the one that will work best for your kids and their interests. It’s a great way to have some fun while building your routine.
Encourage Healthy Snack Habits
One often-overlooked aspect of having a healthy smile is maintaining a healthy diet. Kids are especially prone to cavities due to the types of food and beverages that they consume. Things like juice, sports drinks, and other fruity drinks are often loaded with sugar. In small amounts, this is not a problem, but if your child only drinks these types of drinks, they will likely develop issues.
But it’s not just drinks. Snacks that are high in sugar and carbohydrates tend to build up on the teeth and cause decay. Something like pretzels are healthier than a candy bar, but they can still lead to problems in a smile.
Take Advantage of Family-Friendly Office Hours
When the kids go back to school, you likely want them to be in school as much as possible. Baring an illness, it’s important for students to be present in the classroom so that they have the opportunity to learn what is being presented. We understand that, which is why we offer family-friendly hours. You can schedule a dental appointment before school begins, or you can take advantage of our late hours every Tuesday evening.
Good luck to all of our favorite kiddos out there! Enjoy the 2018-2019 school year! And when you need us, just give us a call at 509-850-3217 or contact us via the website. We’d love to see you soon!