Sink or Swim
Our son can be very difficult about the most mundane activities. Like brushing his teeth. We brush his teeth together 2 times a day — most days. And he fights me with brushing his teeth — most days. This fighting back is more than the typical child is having-a-cranky-day-and-refuses-to-cooperate type scenarios. How do I explain this so that my readers understand? If you are a mother of a neuro-atypical child then you probably don’t need an explanation. If you are a mother of a neuro-typical child, well, its just that every little thing can become a battle. It is just the way it is with his neurological makeup. It is not misbehavior … it just is. How did I do with that explanation?
So this daily teeth brushing battle can be really wearing. In isolation it is not a big deal. But taken in the broader context of daily life, it is a battle I wish I did not have to fight.
So the question is — do I put the responsibility of teeth brushing solely on him? If he brushes his teeth — great. If he does not brush his teeth — great. Then when his teeth and breath get so disgusting, will his friends say anything to him? Will that shock him into action?
What do you think? Do I place the responsibility of teeth brushing on a 9 year old that tends to be younger than that in terms of maturity?
I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions!