|He has no idea what's about to happen|
Now I am not going to get on here and start preaching about how important it is to brush and floss, we all know now that by now. Most I should say, I am a terrible flosser who gets told every time I go to the dentist that my teeth are going to fall out if I continue my nonflossing ways. It's just one of those habits that I never got into, and what do they say about teaching an old dog new tricks? Woof woof, it's probably not going to happen.
So I know I should be instilling this in my kids but it's hard. When you don't do something yourself, how can you rightfully tell your kids to do it?
So when I logged into Facebook the other day I saw an article from the Circle of Moms about cavities in pre kindergartners. They took a five year old study from the USA Today and proclaimed it as new and said that 30% of all kids get cavities before kindergarten. It's not really shocking considering the amount of juice and candy that kids consume. What did shock me though was some of the arrogance in the people that commented on the article and just how many people came across as perfect parents with perfect kids. These are who I consider the cavity creeps.
"My little Suzie brushes twice a day and flosses three times a day at Head Start."
"My girl has been to the dentist three times with no cavities and the dentist even said she was the best patient ever."
"My Bobby has the best teeth this side of the Mississippi."
I get it, we all want to be perfect parents and EVERYONE thinks their child is perfect, but you know what, there are many reasons that kids get cavities and it's not just from lack of brushing their teeth. Maybe I didn't brush my sons teeth well enough and I feel really bad that he did get a cavity, but I don't need people to make me feel worse like I am some lesser parent because of it. When you think you are leading the perfect life, it's best to keep it to yourself as to not make the rest of us feel inferior. We are not worthy of the title parent around you.
Get over yourselves people. YOU ARE NOT PERFECT.
The perfect parent makes mistakes and grows because of them. Life is a learning experience, not just for your child, but for you. I might have made a mistake by not brushing my sons teeth as well as I could have, then again it could be that he has my genes, who knows? I do have over 10 cavities. I am by no means a model parent.
There was one little guy that was perfect today though. For ten minutes I was almost glad that my son did get a cavity. It showed me what a big kid he is getting to be and how much he's growing up. Maybe we'll learn from this who knows.
Take that you cavity creeps!