The word that every mother hates to hear, but I KNEW it was coming.
Today Grandma took him for his 6 month check-up (which was 3 months late because I kept forgetting to schedule it) and he has 2 or 3 cavities plus bleeding gums. Not good.
Teeth brushing has always been a fight in our house. A fight I often give up. I am not proud of this, but I let my kiddo wear me down. I get tired of the fighting and the whining and the crying. I know I need to be stronger and more disciplined, but sometimes I am not the best mom and I do not make the best choices. I am trying not to beat myself up about this, but it does come down to being consistent and teaching him what he needs to do to stay healthy.
Being a single/only parent means that you are ALWAYS the bad guy. Always the one who has to make the tough calls. Always the one to make my kiddo do all the horrible things that childhood entails: showering, chores, homework, eating vegetables...AND brushing teeth. I am strong enough to be the bad guy when I need to be...but on this issue I had been avoiding it.
So - this is a wake-up call. Good dental hygiene has been moved to the top of my list. YAY TEETH!