Health, Motivating Li-Ann, Pray and Give Thanks, Self-Help Skills

I Am a Merlion

I’ve been teaching LA how to spit out water during tooth brushing with not very much success. Somehow, she prefers to swallow than spit out 😦 I am grateful if I see trickles of water coming out of her mouth.  I often wonder: are my instructions unclear? Am I expecting too much from her? What happens if she can’t learn how to spit out water during tooth brushing? Perhaps she didn’t have enough practice…Because of this, I have been reluctant to let her use toothpaste although she had asked for it (because she wanted to be like her siblings). Her dentist at KKH suggested using very little toothpaste each time but wiping it off after that so as to minimise the amount of toothpaste she may ingest. That’s what I’ve been doing on and off.

One evening, as I decided to let her practise spitting out water during her bedtime routine, she suddenly told me,’Mama, see, I can spit out water like the Merlion.’ And she proceeded to spit out ALL the water she put into her mouth – with a good amount of strength. I thought – I must be dreaming…I made her do it again and reminded her to ‘spit out like the Merlion’ and she did!! HURRAY!!! Li-Ann can spit out water now! Another milestone reached!! I didn’t think that such associations would help her. I learnt something new. Now tooth brushing is another activity I will look forward to. Praise God for the Merlion!! With that, there may be hope for her to pass the National Education (NE) test too :-)heeheehee…

5 thoughts on “I Am a Merlion”

  1. Children usually learn by example or imitation…so if you demonstrate to them…they can usually do it quite well!

    Glad that you have overcome it!

  2. Oops, forget to let you know that to pass NE is just a no brainer matter. .. simply click the mouse….no stress at all.

  3. What a blessing to have children, isn’t it ? My little Hayley also has just interesting way to make Chinese writing look interesting. As she is writing the word, ge ge – elder brother, when she is writing the second long line across after the top half of the word, she said, ” I am crossing the road.” Sometimes, we don’t know how in the world they are going to learn some things and yet God enabled them. Very amazing !

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