How to get your 2 year old to brush teeth

Doctors say, that it is good to brush teeth once the kid starts getting some teeth. However, the task is easier said than done. Here are some tips that worked for me. You can give a try too :

1. For about 10-15 days, brush right in front of your kid. Tell them all kind of good stories about brushing the teeth and why you are brushing everyday. This will get them mentally ready.

2. Be prepared for the worst. No matter of mental advise will work when the kid doesn’t want to open their mouth. Two options – force brush and leave. I will never advocate force brush until the kid has developed any kind of dental problem. Keep trying until one day she opens her mouth.

3. Give options. I usually keep 2 tooth brush and 2 tooth paste for Saanvi. And will give her the option of choosing. On other days, I will ask her if she wants to be brushed by my hand.

4. Teach a process and stick to it. For Saanvi, first brush, then clean tongue and clear the mouth. Unless absolutely necessary, i will try to get her to do everything.

5. Brush with your daughter. Make it fun by making funny faces. 

6. Appreciate. Once she brushes her teeth, announce it to everyone. Tell it on phone while she listens. Kids are more likely to do things that are talked about them – good or bad.

7. If she wants to do it herself – give in. Let her brush and keep gently praising her.

8. Club brush time with bath time. This will save time and you will avoid the battle couple of times early in the morning. Get her toys in, and distract her well. Then finish up your job.

9. When not in mood, just leave her. Do not scold or belittle. 5 days of not brushing in a month will not harm her than your useless scolding and unwanted harsh words.

Happy brushing!

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Saanvi Chronicles : “Ala Cheste… Amma Koppadutundi !”

It’s fun to be around a kid who turned 2 and half today. Demanding physically and mentally, i often burst out into loud laughter while dealing with Saanvi. The new sentences she’s been picking up and using them with utmost confidence amazes me. However, one request denied – she cries enough to fill a bucket and shouts at the top of her voice. How do I get her to calm down?

Few techniques I unsucessfully tried are:

> Shout back at her again 

> Take timeout and go away from there

> Give in to her demand only to find she keeps asking more & more

> Cry

Afterall, she is my first kid. And one learns only through experience. Here are few tricks up the sleeve now whenever she has a tantrum or wants something, which will not be granted:

1. Find the real reason of the tantrum. Is she hungry/ sleepy / tired? If yes, then she is just behaving as per her mood and doesn’t really want that item. The best way is to distract her . I usually pick her and hold her in my arms – she’ll immediately rest her head on my shoulders if this is the case.

2. Talk to her in a soft voice. I create few trademark sentences and use exactly the same ones everytime a similar situation is created. For instance, if my daughter keeps playing around the food, and she knows she is not eating due to tantrums, i tell her :

” If you get mischevious, your mom will get angry.

  If you do not get mischevious, you mom will not get angry”.

She is smart enough to understand and will open her mouth in few seconds.

3. Usually, notice how you react when you are really angry. Train your kids to react to you anger. I shout saanvi saying :”Aiii Saani..ela ra”. Whenever I did that, my daughter would cry even more because i was angry with her. So, i tell her during her good mood – 

“If mummy gets angry, she will call you “aiii Saani..”.

She understands. Next time whenever she does mischief, she actually expects me to shout at her “Aiiii Saani…”.

4. Give-in. This is really when it is harmless. If you daughter is asking you a choclate afte a gap of one month, do not fret. Just go with the flow and enjoy her munching away.

Have a good day and keep rocking!!

Recipe 8 : Sweet Corn Soup

Sweet corn – too much for normal eating and too less to prepare a tasty recipe. The soup fits the bill perfectly. I had to strain it a bit to feed saanvi though.

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Recipe:

Total time : 45 minutes

Ingredients:
Sweet corn : 300 gms
Milk : 100 ml
corn flour : 2 tbsp
Salt : As per taste
Black pepper powder : 1 tsp, as per taste
green chilli : 1 cut into really small pieces
chopped spring onion : for garnish

Procedure:
Pressure cook sweet corn for 4 /5 whistles.
Once cool, blend it smooth.
On stove, take 1 tsp oil, add green chilli, blended sweet corn, salt and pepper powder.
Mix the milk and boil well.
Add some boiled sweet corn and chopped spring onion for garnish.

Recipe 7 : Jonna Jantikalu

I always want ways to incorporate millets into our home. Usually not successful, this recipe utilized the 1 kg of jowar powder we had at home. The taste is awesome and you can never tell that these are made from jowar.

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I picked this up from Eenadu paper. Here goes the recipe:

Jowar powder / Jonna pindi : 4 cups
Ghee – 1 tsp
Salt – as per taste
Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
sesame seeds – 1 tsp
Green chilli paste – 2 tsp
Ginger Garlic paste – 1/4 tsp
Oma – 1/4 tsp

Procedure:
Take all the ingredients and mix well. Using warm water, knead the ingredients to hard dough. Use Jantikala gottam to get these tasty jantikalu.

Recipe 6 :Spring Onion Soup

Spring Onions have a very distinct flavour. It usually gets used in “Kara billa” recipe which my mother in law is famous for. However, last time – we had really big bunch and it kept lying in the refrigerator. As part of attempts to clear my pantry – this soup got prepared today.

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Recipe : Total time taken : 30 minutes

Ingredients

Butter – 2 tsp
Garlic – 4 pieces
Spring onion – 1 big bunch
Milk – 200 ml
Salt – As per taste
Pepper powder – 2 tbsp

Procedure:

Wash spring onion and chop into small pieces.
Add butter, garlic,spring onion, salt and pepper powder. Once fried well, cool aside.
Blend until smooth paste.
Add milk and blended mixture and reheat on low flame for about 10 minutes.
Serve this with croutons or any evening snack item.

Notes: This is an instant hit in our house. Will keep preparing often.

Recipe 5 : Keera Pachadi

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This is one of the simplest chutneys. I love cucumber. Early morning, when you want to add one more item to your menu but dont want to spend more time in kitchen, this one is a must.

Total time taken: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

Medium size cucumber : 2

Groundnut : 2 tsp

Jeera : 1 tbsp

Green chilli : 5

Tamarind : small lemon sized

For tempering:

Asafoetida, curry leaves, cumin and mustard

Process

Fry the groudnuts until the rawness is gone, followed by jeera.

Then add some oil and fry the green chilli.

Put all the ingredients in the blender. Grind until smoother texture, adding salt and turmeric.

Do the tempering and serve. The taste is good, and it will go well with idly/ dosa as well.

Here is my original source, and I altered it because my family is not a great fan of coriander seeds:

http://www.prathusfood.com/2011/05/keera-chutney.html

Have a great day and keep rocking!!