Get Into The Groove: Back To School Tips That Rock.

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I think it’s no secret to my blog readers that I struggle with transitions.

I mean, right? I know I’m not alone here. I think you also know that I have had maybe more trouble than many, when Scarlet starting kindergarten in late 2014 nearly knocked me off my feet. That was the same year Des started daycare. Then, in late 2015, I thought it would be smooth sailing. After all, no one was going anywhere new! Scarlet was starting first grade with many friends from her kindergarten class, and Des was starting a second year of daycare. Sounds easy peasy, right? Well, wrong.

In fact, the transition shook me up all over again. I found myself falling behind with paperwork and getting overwhelmed by details. Things like doctor forms, immunizations, school bus forms, school lunch forms, application forms, emergency forms, forms, and more forms. It wasn’t just the details, but it was the emotions involved. I found myself teary-eyed and resistant to change all over again. Luckily, it was easier the second time around, if you can believe that. Now that we’re going for the third time around, I’m more determined to make the transition even smoother. Here’s what I’m doing this time around:

Five Ways To Rock Back To School This Year:

1. Keep your family active. Last summer we began doing family bike rides in the school parking lot every non-rainy evening. Not only did it let off some stress to be together and to be active, but it also made the school parking lot more familiar and safe-feeling to us. Whenever Des came with me to drop Scarlet off, he would say, “This is where we ride bikes!”

2. Tour the school. This is the year we are getting a change. Des is starting a new preschool in September, after two years in daycare. We missed the first open house last winter but will take a chance to meet with the teachers and get familiar with the school, not only before school starts, but before orientation starts. Des is going to the same school Scarlet went to, but he was just a baby then and I don’t know how well he remembers it. Scarlet is starting second grade, which feels BIG.

3. Connect. Scarlet made a very close friend before kindergarten, and that made her first day so much easier. For her, of course. It also helped me to have parents of old babyhood and preschool friends standing in the parking lot with me, going through the transition. School friends can be life-long. It’s powerful for the kids and for the parents. Summer is the time to stay in touch – with play dates and other such ways to build relationships. It’s great finding out the class list before fall.

4. Ease back in. In late summer, you start to think a lot about school. That’s also a great time to start easing into a fall routine, because jumping from summer to fall – without transition – can be rough and stressful. Practice the new school routine within the week before school starts. Set alarm clocks, go through morning rituals, make breakfast, have everyone get dressed, and then get in the car or stand at the bus stop on time. This will help children feel comfortable when it’s go-time.

5. Be prepared with medical/dental/safety information. Now is the time to discuss health and safety – talk about strangers, fire plans, bicycle helmets, food and drink choices, etc.! Fall is the time for paperwork. We do summer well-child exams, because my kids have summer birthdays. It’s about immunization forms, updated medical charts, and more! This is also when we schedule one of the kids’ two annual dental visits and make sure there’s a dental hygiene routine for a new school year.

What we don’t think enough about is that some of the foods that kids eat and love – like oranges, other citrus products, and sports drinks – are quite acidic and can melt away at kids’ tooth enamel. Luckily, we have ProNamel® 6-12 Years Toothpaste for Kids to prevent Acid Erosion during this crucial time in Scarlet’s tooth development. At this time, when kids are losing their primary teeth and growing in secondary teeth, the enamel is particularly soft on the secondary teeth. It takes time for enamel to harden as this grows in. Once enamel erodes, it never grows back. That’s why ProNamel® 6-12 Years Toothpaste for Kids is specially formulated to protect against cavities and everyday acids. Tooth enamel needs to be protected, starting at an early age.

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Setting Kids Up For Tooth Successes

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Did you know that Scarlet is a medical marvel?

Or should I say, a dental marvel. At her first dentist appointment ever, at (*ahem*) three-years-old, I sat at the foot of her exam chair, bouncing baby Des on my leg. The hygienist looked at her teeth, and then did a double take. Then she looked some more. “Did you know that your daughter has two teeth fused together??” Honestly, I really hadn’t noticed! Of course I knew that two teeth came down when she was about 18-months-old, one after the other. And they did look rather stuck together, but I had never really considered it from a medical point of view. It was a new experience for seemingly all of us.

I was nervous they’d call us out on not having excellent brushing habits for Scarlet, but in truth, it was never that. It was her funny, cute smile – just a bit different than the norm. As the dentist said when he walked in to look, “I’ve heard of this, but I’ve only ever seen it in textbooks, and never in person.” They had to do an X-ray to make sure that the permanent teeth above weren’t also fused together at the root, and it turns out to just be her baby teeth. She hasn’t lost any teeth yet, but I look forward to seeing her quirky smile when she does! We were told to take dental hygiene seriously, no matter her age.

Now that Scarlet is six, she seems just at the pinnacle of learning about dental care. She goes to the dentist every six months, and especially loves clean teeth and the treasure box at the end the most. She has to swish fluoride in her mouth at school every Thursday, which is a new development. I’m very dental hygiene-obsessed because it was a very hard road for me, with cavities, gum disease, sensitive teeth and enamel issues. I hope for good genetics for her, but I realize that lifestyle is a huge part of it. We do a light and fun dental routine at home, and we talk about products and foods that are good for her teeth.

Here are ways we set Scarlet up for tooth successes:

1. Learning by example. Scarlet first watched us brush her teeth, and then she learned to brush her teeth with us watching. Now she can do it on her own. Her hygienist also uses a mirror with Scarlet to show her different brush strokes.

2. Use a good toothbrush! We use an electric toothbrush for Scarlet, based on her request after talking with her dentist. She has two baby teeth fused together at the root. Since she can’t get her toothbrush or floss in between the two teeth, they recommend a kid-sized electric toothbrush for her specifically for that reason to get the tartar out.

3. Use an hourglass or timing app to brush for at least two minutes. I love this advice! I gave her an hourglass I found in an old board game and it lasts for exactly two minutes before the sand runs out.

4. Scarlet and I came up with this together – be age-appropriate with your dental hygiene, and take instructions from your dentist and from the directions on your tube of toothpaste. Des is three should only use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste at his age, and at Scarlet’s age, she’s ready for flossing when her teeth start to touch!

5. We pick out a great toothpaste that is age-appropriate and will actively strengthen the precious enamel Scarlet has!

What we don’t think enough about, is that the foods that kids eat and love – like oranges, other citrus products, and sports drinks – are quite acidic and can eat away at kids’ teeth. Luckily, we have ProNamel 6-12 Years Toothpaste for kids to help prevent Acid Erosion during this crucial time in Scarlet’s tooth development. At this time, when kids are losing their primary teeth and growing in secondary teeth, the enamel is particularly soft on the secondary teeth. It takes time for enamel to harden as these grow in. Once enamel erodes or is removed, it never grows back. ProNamel® for Kids is specially formulated to protect against cavities and everyday acids. ProNamel® Toothpaste is the #1 dentist recommended brand for strengthening and protecting enamel. Tooth enamel needs to be protected, starting at an early age.

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