This post is sponsored by Olly
As a parent I can tell you two things for sure:
- Sharing tips and tricks with other parents is often so helpful
- Getting a three-year-old out the door on time is H.A.R.D.
Mazen always wants to do the opposite of what I ask – even when I use reverse psychology or if we change course midway through.
“I want to brush my teeth myself!”
“No you brush them!”
“No water! Just toothpaste!”
“I need more toothpaste!”
“I want to start over with my other toothbrush!”
There’s also breakfast, shoes, hair brushing (which never happens), potty, jacket, mittens, etc.
(We learned a long time ago that getting dressed always happens before breakfast even if it means a little oatmeal dribble down the shirt!)
I figured his preschool teachers would be the experts on his age and asked them at his parent conference what they do to encourage kids to willingly do their daily hygiene tasks. His teacher said she gives her kids the choice of “the easy way or the hard way.” And once kids realize what the hard way entails (usually a little more [gentle] force!) they choose the easy, cooperative way. Since we tried this method with tooth brushing, tooth brushing has gotten SO much easier. Mazen still resists at first, but when presented with “the easy way or the hard way” question he always chooses the easy way.
After tooth brushing, our next step in the morning routine is getting out the door. This process has been SO much easier with OLLY gummy vitamins!! Since I worked with OLLY last year, Mazen has loved their gummies and he gets his as we head out the door every day. It’s a little classical conditioning reward to get him moving! I let him choose his own gummy –
And then coat and shoes go on. The gummy often gets tucked into his pocket for safe keeping until he’s in his car seat or stroller and allowed to eat it.
He thinks he’s getting candy, but he’s really getting essential vitamins and minerals plus a dose of superfoods! The new Superfoods kids multivitamins are packed with the antioxidants of 10 of the most heroic foods on the planet – everything from pomegranate and acai to watercress, wheatgrass and tamarind. OLLY touts that they’re the equivalent of a whole antioxidant equivalent serving of fruits and veggies, which is great if your child isn’t crazy about watercress (although if they are, that’s even better!). FYI, these are also gluten-free and 100% vegetarian.
I take the Women’s Superfood Multi too – much more delicious than swallowing a horse pill : )
OLLY makes a whole line of supplements, from pre-natal and kids vitamins to wellness boosts for sleep, omega-3, immunity and more. All of the ones I have tried have been really tasty!
You can find the new Superfoods line at Target, which is where we buy them, and at OLLY.com where you can buy a la carte or subscribe to have your monthly stock delivered to your home. And you guys can get 20% off your first subscription of any OLLY products with the code SUPER20. Expires 3/30/16.
Thanks to OLLY for sponsoring this post and making our mornings a little easier!