The second thing I bought was this mouth rinse. The kids rinse their mouth with it before they brush and it turns their mouth blue. Supposedly it covers areas with more plaque a darker blue so the kids will know where to brush extra. I'm not sure about that but it does turn their teeth blue and especially for Palmer it really helps me and him both see where he needs to brush more. The back molars are usually the culprits still needing extra brushing but it turns it in to kind of a game to make sure they got it all. I am not sure how long the new fun feelings will last before I have to figure something else out (maybe a different color) but for now we are all trying a little harder.
This is one of those things that should have been in that parenting instruction book I never got. Most adults have a hard time keeping on top of their own oral hygiene let alone three little ones too. The list of things a parent is responsible for (making sure their kids are eating healthy, staying active, limiting television, learning how to read/write/math, staying safe, staying healthy, becoming a good human being) is endless. This mom was an A & B student her whole life and doesn't plan to change that now. All we can do is try harder and hope that some day our kids look back and think "my mom did her very best".