Toothy Goals for good oral hygiene can rock your kids’ lives in 2021. We cannot let January proceed any further without a special, dental look at maintaining shiny new goals.
Often we can base serious goals on New Year’s Resolutions, specifically in regards to your child’s teeth. Actually, the “Mom” of one of our young patients gave us new insight into accomplishing our New Year’s Resolutions.
- On the one hand, we can see the often-abandoned New Year’s Resolutions.
- On the other hand, we see fresh and helpful goals that can re-shape bad habits into good ones.
- Perhaps we can use the old New Year’s tradition as a teaching tool. We can show our kids a new way of planning life behaviors. Oh, yes, and we can teach them about having fun with their goals, even the challenging ones.
Toothy Goals: More Than Kid’s Stuff
Not only are setting goals and sticking to them valuable teaching tools, but goal-making is a fun way to help children to think.
For this blog article, we borrowed a brilliant way to set goals from the complex world of corporate finance. SMART Goal – Definition, Guide, and Importance of Goal Setting
The corporate finance institute states, “A SMART goal is used to help guide goal setting.” Thus, “SMART is an acronym that stands for:
1. Specific, (Focus on the smallest goal that might be part of a big far-reaching one.)
2. Measurable, (Make a goal you can measure. For example, you have probably heard that losing 10 pounds instead of just saying you will lose some weight is a much smarter goal.
3. Achievable, (Goal setting should be some action that you could overcome if you really put your mind to it.
4. Realistic, (You cannot fly without a plane, no matter how hard you try or study. And you can’t safely lose 20 pounds in two days. )
5. And Timely. (Goals should fit your age and station in life.)
Toothy Goals Are SMART, Healthy Goals
Kids love acronyms. And the SMART goal is an easy way to show kids complex criteria, depending on their age.
Then they can focus their efforts to achieve their goal. And then, enjoy the feeling of accomplishment when they achieve it.
Here at Dentistry for children, we can evaluate your child’s accomplishments on Toothy Goals when they visit us for a dental examination and the number of cavities is low or null.
For openers, “Parents can start by explaining what a resolution is and give examples of ones they have set in past years,” says Dr. Kristen Eastman, PsyD, a pediatric clinical psychologist at Cleveland Children’s Hospital. “Asking your children for ideas and helping them evaluate the options together is really important.”
Toothy Goals for SMART Starts for the New Year
And now we come to the most fun part of this article. Let’s apply our enhanced SMART idea of goal setting to a healthy objective. Let’s take the skill of brushing our teeth and take it through the general idea of a SMART or at least smarter goal.
Making Better Brushing an Achievable Toothy Goal
You have probably enforced your child’s tooth-brushing behavior over the years. But it is more than a technique. It must become a focused skill. However, the generalized goal of “I must brush my teeth better” (brushing better) may be too vague. However, with a little coaching, a child might arrive at the goal of timing his or her brushing, to make sure that they have brushed a full two minutes.
- You see, we know some children, as well as some adults who only brush quickly. Mostly they are brushing just for the taste of the toothpaste.
- In other words, they do not brush long enough to reach every tooth surface.
- “Sugar-bugs” hide in between teeth and on neglected surfaces of teeth. So, if your child runs a timer, and stays with brushing for a full 2 minutes, the result is usually cleaner teeth and better protection for the teeth.
Toothy Goal-Setting Advice
Likewise, we must, “Just keep in mind that resolutions should always be discussed in a positive way with children: for example, saying “I’m going to do this…” instead of “I’m going to STOP doing this… Always teach Kids Perseverance and Goal-Setting.
Another Toothy Goal Example
Instead of saying I am not going to have candy each day after school, have your child pick a favorite healthy snack, they will have every day after school.
A Not-So-Toothy-But-Good Example of Goal Setting
Help your child filter their goal-building ideas into actionable behavior “that can be done every day, either by themself or together as a family:” For example, a child-focused on learning to be kinder to people might choose, “Help a friend with math homework before every test.”
A child addicted to electronic game-playing might set the goal, or “Spend 30 minutes doing outside activities each day.”
Another Great Toothy Goal for 2021
We all know that a great diet helps create great teeth. However a goal like, “I’m going to eat healthier,” is very vague and difficult to measure. However, your child will appreciate how specific and measurable they can make the toothy goal by saying:
“I’m going to drink two glasses of milk each day instead of soda or juice.” Another one of our favorite goals in this regard is “I’m going to eat two pieces of fruit at lunch each day.”
And, best of all, as you might guess, toothy goals are also healthy for the whole body. That’s why we say these types of actionable behavior-oriented goals can rock your child’s world. And we can see results every day because every day is “A great day to save a smile.”