Below is a message for parents about the importance of instilling good habits in your children at an early age. This message is brought to you by Pediatric Dental Associates. We offer childrens dentist Franklin Lakes services.
How Bad Habits Start
Life is like a series of habits. Some of them good. Many of them not so good. A few of them are downright bad. We develop many of our daily habits, both good and the other, in the earliest years of life. Because when we’re young, we’re invincible. Our bodies can recover from extraordinary mistreatment without showing any lasting effects. So much so that we’re prone to make the same mistakes again. And again. And yet again. Until we lose sight of the fact that they were even considered mistakes in the first place.
Then the day finally arrives when our bodies grow tired of cleaning our mess. And all of a sudden we find ourselves with some pretty serious issues to deal with. But by this time, we’re too accustomed to giving in to habit to just up and leave them with your childhood. Instead, you have to struggle your way through a grueling process of tricking your brain into forgetting those habits.
Anyone who’s had a childhood can cite a few of their own examples of bad habits sneaking up on them. You’re surely no exception. Whether it’s skipping out on brushing your teeth or eating too many cheeseburgers, we’ve all got something to feel guilty about. However, you’re not a kind anymore. You’re an adult with responsibilities. You’re also a parent. Which means you have to make sure someone else doesn’t make the same mistakes that you did. You are now responsible for the wellbeing and development of your child. And the task of preventing your child from developing the same bad habits as you is now in your lap.
Dental care falls right into the category of activities that are all too easy to neglect when we’re young. That’s because poor dental care often doesn’t reveal itself as an issue until years down the line. That’s why it’s on you to take on the responsibility of making sure your kid develops the habit of caring for his or her teeth early on. Even for your child’s baby teeth, which you already know are going to fall out in due time. You have to make sure that he or she brushes every day.
It’s the duty of every parent to teach his or her children to recognize, on their own, the importance of thorough daily brushing. And to inspire them to actually want to brush on their own. So that when you’re not around to remind them, they will already know and have no problem doing it themselves.
This is a crucial factor, because often times establishing rules result in the desire to rebel. That’s why the objective should be not to force your kid to do something against his or her will. But rather, to encourage him or her to want to do it independently. The best way to yield these kinds of results is by leading by example. If you brush every day, and you make sure that your child sees you doing it, you will most likely witness positive results.