Nathan's been getting more on the "I'll do it myself" train, so I've been trying to find a balance between making sure things are done properly and letting him be independent. Case in point: teeth brushing.
Up until recently, Nathan preferred to have us brush his teeth in the morning but lately he's been wanting to do it himself. Unfortunately, like most kids, his technique is a little skimpy and unevenly applied.
My first solution: a timer. He has to brush for two minutes while we watch. Plenty of time to make sure every tooth was scrubbed.
Problem: he tended to focus on only brushing the back teeth, giving the front ones only a token effort.
New solution: now he has to spend 30 seconds of his two minutes on his front teeth.
Guess the dentist will be the one to tell us if we're kidding ourselves or if we're on the right track.