I call my five year old the “Great Negotiator.”
Me: “Please bring your backpack and coat into the house.”
The Great Negotiator: “I will if you give me five dollars.”
The Great Negotiator: “How about I help you set the table?”
The Great Negotiator: “Then, will you give me five dollars?”
She was stuck on five dollars for quite some time… for bathing, for brushing her hair… anything. “Can I have five dollars?”
Needless to say, I believe there was an air of disappointment when I rewarded her with a quarter.
When is the best time to start an allowance for children? Should we reward them with money for good behavior, or is it best earned by doing chores?
I recently wrote a blog about chores and which are appropriate for children of different ages. At some point, it is a good idea to start to teach our children about the value of money as well as our own family values.
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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, a time to focus on our children’s smiles and pearly whites.
Right now, the most common chronic disease in children is tooth decay – not allergies or asthma, but dental caries or cavities. The numbers are shocking: 40 percent of children between the ages of 2 to 11 have had a cavity in their baby (primary) teeth. More than two-thirds of 16 to 19 year olds have a cavity in their adult (secondary) teeth.
What is a parent to do?
From the very beginning, once the first tooth bud starts to break through the gum, start to clean your child’s tooth. You can use a washcloth with water or a finger-tip toothbrush with water or toddler (non-fluoridated) toothpaste up until the age of 2. After the age of 2, you may use a small, pea-sized smear of fluoridated toothpaste on a toothbrush to help brush your child’s teeth.
Check with your pediatrician regarding your water supply. Omaha’s water is fluoridated, but in some of the more rural areas it is not. If you ultra-filter your water or if your water is not fluoridated, your child may require a fluoride supplement.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that your child’s first dental visit occurs with the eruption of the first tooth, which means your child could visit the dentist for the first time at 6 months old. I usually recommend parents check with their family dentist to see when they are comfortable seeing a child for the first time.
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