Thursday, February 24, 2022

Performance Enhancement Coach’s Top Tips to Boost Energy and Focus

We all know that a bad start to the day can set us up for failure for the entire day. So with the days officially getting longer bit by bit now, it’s important to start the day off on the right foot to make sure we have enough positive energy to carry us all the way through the end of the day! No matter what your plans are, there’s things you can do right now to make your day more productive.

Nora Tobin, performance enhancement and executive coach to Fortune 100 companies, nutrition specialist and CEO of Nora’s Naturals Coffee, shares her top tips and tools to set up the day for accelerated energy, sustained focus and maximum elevation. 

Tip  #1: Sleep is not only your friend, but your best friend!
During sleep, cerebral spinal fluid runs through the brain to clear toxins and create new neural connections crucial for retaining information and slowing down aging. This process is called glymphatic drainage. The glymphatic system primarily works during sleep, so in order to successfully create new cerebral pathways and clear waste products, it is essential to get at least 6 hours of sleep.

Tip  #2: Avoid stress like it’s the plague
When the body is under chronic mental or physical stress (not enough sleep for example), the production of cortisol becomes unbalanced. This leads to excessive fatigue, brain fog and the storage of fat in the abdominal region. In order to produce enough cortisol to keep going throughout the day, the body pulls from the thyroid (lowered metabolism). However, there will be moments where you are stressed. For those moments, 1-minute Meditation can help:take an inhale for 3 counts, hold breath at the top for 3 and exhale for 3. Repeat for 1-minute. 

Tip  #3: Throw coffee on your face
But before you dump your favorite starbucks on your face know this. Quality coffee keeps us energized, but also has amazing beauty benefits to keep us elevated throughout the day! Combine coffee grounds with coconut oil and brown sugar. Use it as a scrub in the shower for exfoliation. The coffee grounds will remove dead skin cells, stimulate circulation and minimize the appearance of cellulite. The caffeine can also help to tighten skin. When applied under the eyes, the caffeine reduces puffiness. 

Combining all three of these tips is a great and easy way to set yourself up for an energy filled, sustained focus and highly elevated day! 

10 Sleep Hygiene Tips from an NYC Neuropsychologist




Lack of sleep is such a universal problem that the National Sleep Foundation has proclaimed the week of March 13th as  National Sleep Awareness Week. 

How do you assess your bedroom habits and optimize your nighttime routine for better sleep? To find out, we turned to Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a New York-based neuropsychologist and Director of Comprehend the Mind. Studies show that sleep quality is directly related to sleep hygiene.  Could it be that your nighttime habits are causing you to lose out on the benefits of quality sleep? 

 Dr. Hafeez says that “not only are people unaware of why they are suffering from insomnia or not getting quality sleep but they are unaware of the effects this has on their health, daily functions and brain.” The New York-based Neuropsychologist explains that a large part of insomnia is a result of poor sleep hygiene. 

 The National Sleep Foundation defines sleep hygiene as “a variety of different practices and habits that are necessary to have good nighttime sleep quality and full daytime alertness.” 

 Here are 10 behaviors that could be causing a decline in your sleep quality and tips from our neuropsychology expert explaining how to fix them!


  1. Working Out Too Late Into The Night 

Working out can help de-stress the body and reduce anxiety. However, “if done too close to your bedtime your body might still feel the adrenaline and pump of the workout and it might be difficult to fall into a sedative state,” says Dr. Hafeez. 


  1. Having A Smoke or Some Caffeine Too Close To Bedtime 

“Nicotine is a stimulant, and it is well known to cause insomnia. Depending on how your body processes nicotine you could be putting yourself at risk for low quality sleep which means a lack of REM sleep,” warns Dr. Hafeez. This stage of sleep is where we recharge the most throughout the night. In other cases, people unassumingly snack on chocolate or have a soft drink that contains caffeine, and that caffeine will keep you in a state of alert and it will be more noticeable that you are alert as you stare at the roof without any other activity. “Caffeine is great at work when you need a little help staying alert, but at night it can cause you to miss out on that much-needed recharge,” Dr. Hafeez says. 


  1. Using Your Bed for More Than Just “Bed” Functions

  Much like productivity professionals advise maintaining a designated area 

for studying or work, sleep experts say your bed should be used almost exclusively for sleeping and sharing intimate moments with our spouse or lover. This is because, “the brain has a hard time adjusting to sleep mode if it gets used to being on the bed all the time, eating, watching tv, studying or just hanging out. You’ll have a harder time shifting into actual ‘bedtime,’ explains Dr. Hafeez. 


  1. Eating Too Late Into The Night 

 For late night munchers, it is no strange notion that after a binge session at 3 am it may be a little difficult to fall asleep. “Your system is stuffed. Depending on how much you eat you may feel bloated or hyperactive. This can result in you feeling uncomfortable. If you’re on a diet you may feel guilty for breaking your regimen,” says Dr. Hafeez. All of these things cause your brain and system to be preoccupied with all but falling asleep. 


  1. Though It Is a Sedative, Alcohol Will Ruin Your REM Sleep

 Many people say they sleep better after drinking. That may be true for a glass of wine with a light dinner but “a restful sleep is not the same as blacking out or drinking so heavily that you find yourself inebriated prior to sleep,” explains Dr. Hafeez.  Alcohol disrupts the way our body absorbs liquid, thus causing urgent and frequent needs to go to the restroom to urinate. Dr. Hafeez also says alcohol tends to disrupt the restful stage of REM. 


  1. Going To Bed Angry Will Make It More Difficult To Fall Asleep 

 Not only is “don’t go to bed angry” good relationship advice, it turns out it’s great psychological and sleep hygiene advice. Dr. Hafeez explains that “if you are able to leave things off with someone in a better place or in a place of ‘we will work this out in the morning because we care for each other,’ you have a better chance of letting your body relax into sleep.” If you aren’t able to calm your frustration for the night you may find your mind circling the problem until the sun comes up. 


  1. Clinging to Your Cell Phone While Trying To Doze Off 

 This is a major issue in today’s digital age. People are tuned in to their phones too late into the night, reports show. “As more and more people opt to have their phone by their bedside and go to bed staring at their screens there is an increase in phone-related insomnia. Our eyes stay alert with the light of the screen explains Dr. Hafeez. “The constant scrolling and continued processing of information make it so your brain never begins relaxing,” she says. Tips for avoiding this issue are to leave your phone across the room. This also helps when waking up in the morning and having to walk across the room to turn your alarm off. 


  1. The Room Temperature Is Not Optimized For Sleep 

Optimal room temperature is commonly thought to be 60-67 degrees according to the national sleep foundation. “Your body has a way of regulating temperature relative to the temperature of the room in order to relax you into sleep,” says Dr. Hafeez. If the room temperature is too hot or too cold it can cause discomfort that will wake you up throughout the night or keep you from falling asleep at all. 


  1. Poor Lighting Environment  

If a room is getting too much light coming in from the window or from your bedroom hallway it can be difficult to sleep. “Many people with light sensitivity will use blackout curtains to optimize the room for sleep. When clocks move forward and the sun rises at an earlier time people often struggle to acclimate themselves to the new time because the sunlight is waking them up,” says Dr. Hafeez 


  1.  Napping During the Day 

Sleep is a recharge for the day's activities. If you are constantly napping or napped too heavily during the day, your mind won’t be as tired as it usually is once it’s time to tuck into the sheets for the night. “Napping if necessary is not a bad thing. But one 20 to 30-minute nap is very different than sleeping all day and then struggling at night to sleep,” says Dr. Hafeez. 


About the Doctor:

Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is an NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens. Dr. Hafeez masterfully applies her years of experience connecting psychological implications to address some of today’s common issues such as body image, social media addiction, relationships, workplace stress, parenting and psychopathology (bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc…). In addition, Dr. Hafeez works with individuals who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities, attention and memory problems, and abuse. Dr. Hafeez often shares her credible expertise to various news outlets in New York City and frequently appears on CNN and Dr.Oz. Connect with her via Instagram @drsanamhafeez or

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

An autistic author’s journey to writing and illustrating her children’s book series


How I Got Started as an Author

Ever since I can remember I have always loved to read and draw, and even as an adult, I enjoy drawing in my free time.  Despite my interest in literature from a young age, I did not actually start writing stories until later.  Writing in school was not enjoyable for the simple fact that the writing prompts were never about something I could relate to or had any knowledge of.


It was not until I attended Exceptional Minds, an art and animation school in California for autistic young adults, that a spark was lit inside me to write and illustrate books as a career. While I was good at animating, it caused me more stress than I could handle. I learned so much about animation, but it made me realize that I would rather have my characters on a page instead of moving on a screen.

My Story Just Came to Me One Day

I had the idea for a story where the characters go back and forth between imagination and reality, but I could not figure out how the overall story would play out.  Then one day when I was walking my dog, the full story for Wild Imagination: The Adventures of Maddie and Albert, just came to me.  

I have had my characters, Maddie and Albert, for a while. They originated from my earlier teenage characters, “the Outcasts”. Over time, Maddie and Albert became more fun to draw. They are the kind of characters that you can draw in any situation, and they always look cool. 

When I started drawing Maddie and Albert full time, their story started to grow. Halfway through Wild Imagination, I decided that they needed an animal sidekick, so Houdini the beagle was born. The idea for Houdini came from my mom who had a beagle that could escape from anything. Houdini’s escaping abilities are stories I plan to share in later books. 


The Adventures of Maddie and Albert takes place in Canton, Ohio, where my mom grew up. She has shared with me many stories from her childhood, and they really inspired a lot of Maddie and Albert’s adventures. Maddie is actually based on my mom as a kid – adventurous, social, and always running around.  Albert is based on who I actually am – shy, funny, and quiet.

I have released three The Adventures of Maddie and Albert books, and the fourth book in the series, Backyard Jungle, will be released in April 2022.  It is an incredibly exciting series and there are more adventures to come.

Every Writer Has a Unique Process 

Every writer has a unique process that works best for them. When I come up with a story idea, I build on what I want to say and draw sketches for each page. As an illustrator as well as an author, I use storyboards to map out what will be written and illustrated. I draw a lot of rough sketches on my whiteboard while brainstorming before anything is finalized. It is definitely a process.


Writing the story and deciding on the illustrations is the hardest part.  Whenever I finish a section of writing, it is a huge sense of accomplishment. Drawing and fine-tuning the  illustrations is the easy part for me. I am very visual and once I have reached this stage in the process, I have already worked out in my mind what I want each page to look like. Part of the  ongoing process is to constantly learn about new places and experiences my characters might encounter in their daily lives. This just means I am in constant research mode and absorbing everything around me.

Many Authors and Illustrators Collaborate on Projects

While writing and illustrating my own books is my passion, and I have written and illustrated four The Adventures of Maddie and Albert books, I have also collaborated with other authors including Bobbie Match.  I have illustrated all three of her books in the Busy One Book Series


Illustrating my own stories is very challenging but illustrating another author’s story poses a different challenge in itself.  One has to understand how the author is envisioning the characters and how they flow through the book. I have to depend on clear instructions from the author so that I better illustrate their vision. Having this makes it less challenging to draw the illustrations. I enjoyed designing Bobbie’s characters, but it definitely felt different from working on my own books. I spent so much time working on the illustrations, and I am proud of them.  I learned so much about myself from the experience and hope to collaborate more with other authors in the future.

Reading is the Best Path to Writing

The best advice I can give to kids who aspire to become an author or illustrator is to read every book you can get your hands on. You can learn something from everything you read. Reading will give you an idea for the types of stories you like, it will increase your vocabulary and it will help you more than you realize in understanding what goes into a successful story. 


If drawing is your passion? Draw whatever you like, and whenever you like.  As a kid, I carried a sketchbook everywhere I went. I was always drawing. I found myself drawing comics in the empty spaces of my notebooks and even my elementary school yearbook. 


I also used my love of reading to start a blog. Back in 2015, my parents suggested that I start a book blog, since I am such a voracious reader. I started reviewing books ever since. My age recommendations are based on how I would have handled the book as a child. I have posted over 360 reviews to date, and I am not planning on slowing down anytime soon. It is also proven to be a great resource for local librarians in my community. They often refer kids and their parents to my blog for reading recommendations. 

If you aspire to be an author or illustrator, remember, it is not going to happen overnight. Every author has their own path and journey to realizing their dream. The biggest thing is to shoot high and aim for the stars. Always keep writing and drawing pads nearby, read everything you can get your hands on, and never give up on your dreams. 



Alexandra Adlawan is a writer and illustrator from Long Beach, CA, and creator of the Amazing Artists publishing company. A naturally gifted visual arts and written word communicator in reaching children, Alexandra enhanced her skill set by graduating from Exceptional Minds – a professional digital arts & animation studio for artists with autism. Alexandra’s children’s book series includes, The Adventures of Maddie and Albert, Wild Imagination, How I Spent My Summer Vacation, Flying the Imaginary Skies, and the forthcoming, Backyard Jungle


Tuesday, February 22, 2022










Director Simon Drake’s mystery thriller LOST ANGEL releases this March from Left Films.

 Co-written by Drake and Louise Hume, the film stars Sascha Harman, Fintan Shevlin, Maggie Clune, Matthew Carrington, and Duncan Henderson.


When Lisa returns home to the small island of Newpoint after the mysterious death of her sister, she is drawn into a dangerous and unsettling quest to uncover the truth. As she begins to suspect sinister criminal underworld connections, she meets her only ally in her mission for justice — a charming man name Rich, who is hiding his own dark secrets, and his role linking to her sister’s demise.


How to Boost Your Athletic Performance


Whether you’re an avid gym goer or you train for a specific sport, at the end of a good workout most people feel incredibly invigorated. Unfortunately, when you don’t achieve your fitness goals you can end up feeling drained and demoralized. From a lack of hydration to low testosterone levels, there are many reasons why your athletic performance may be flagging. Luckily, there are a few ways to boost your energy and your performance.

Combat Low Testosterone

Low testosterone, officially called testosterone deficiency syndrome, is a medical condition many men suffer from. When a low level of testosterone is produced, men can experience a variety of symptoms, such as sexual dysfunction, reduced muscle mass, fatigue and weakened bones. To combat this many men choose to take testosterone booster supplements or undergo testosterone replacement therapy, or TRT. This treatment helps to revive sex drive, it boosts stamina and energy levels, increases lean muscle, and can also relieve muscle ache.

Become More Alert With Caffeine

Caffeine has a bad rap. It is often associated with increased breathing and heart rates, shakiness, stomach issues and insomnia. However, taking this source of energy in the right amount can help boost your performance in a noticeable way. Besides giving you a jolt of energy in the morning and helping you become more alert at work in the afternoon, it can also help your body work more effectively as you train. Caffeine can enhance mental alertness, which can help increase your awareness during a workout. Besides coffee, tea and caffeinated beverages, you can also find this energy source in supplements designed for athletes.

Choose the Right Supplements

Besides caffeine, there are many other types of supplements you can take that can increase your athletic ability. Workout supplements have been specially formulated with stimulants that are known to elevate performance. However, strong stimulants can be harmful when taken incorrectly and so it is important to do your research before taking any supplements. In addition to workout supplements, you can also increase your energy and improve your workout with vitamins and minerals. A healthy dose of multivitamins and minerals allows your body to function properly and can improve your overall health. For example, vitamin B-12 can help you beat fatigue as it converts food into energy. In addition, vitamin D and calcium are both excellent for maintaining healthy bones and muscle mass. This can help reduce your risk of bone and muscle-related injuries.

Stay Hydrated

Everyone knows they should drink more water to stay healthy but drinking too little water can actually lead to muscle cramp and fatigue. The best way to stay hydrated is to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. The Mayo Clinic suggests an intake of 8 to 12 cups of fluid per day to improve the system and reduce the risk of dehydration (this is all fluids, including those in food). Although water is the best thirst-quenching choice, you can also choose plain or fruit tea. Alternatively, try making flavored water by infusing it with different types of fruits.

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Thursday, February 17, 2022

Stomach Flu or COVID-19? Why getting tested is important

Apart from the usual cough and fever, COVID-19 can present with other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea - which are similar to that of a stomach infection. While most COVID-19 patients experience respiratory symptoms, studies show that children may only experience gastrointestinal symptoms while infected with the coronavirus.  

How can parents tell the difference when it comes to the wellbeing of their children? Dr. Ruth Kanthula, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist at MedStar Health shares the information below:  
>> How common are gastrointestinal symptoms when children get infected with COVID-19? 
Patients with COVID-19 typically develop symptoms such as a cough, fever, wheezing and shortness of breath. However, studies have reported patients experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms at different frequencies. Diarrhea and vomiting are the most reported GI symptoms and often present themselves before a cough or fever. 
>> Can children experience GI symptoms during COVID-19 without any respiratory symptoms?
The answer is yes. Children may be infected with the coronavirus and only experience GI symptoms. In fact, a study on COVID-19 and the gastrointestinal tract in children found that 10% of children diagnosed with COVID-19 had only reported the presence of GI symptoms. 
>> Are children more likely to get these symptoms than adults?
Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, reports have suggested that the presence of  GI symptoms are more common in children than in adults. But the frequency and clinical outcomes of these gastrointestinal symptoms in children remains unknown. 
>> How are stomach viruses different from COVID-19? 
Doctors are still learning about the clinical symptoms associated with COVID-19. There is a small number of viruses that account for most cases of acute gastroenteritis in children, including rotavirus, adenovirus, norovirus, and astrovirus. There have been reports that children infected with other strains of the coronavirus may experience symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting. However, the clinical symptoms caused by these viruses are indistinguishable.
>> When is it necessary to get COVID test if your child has GI symptoms?
Given that GI symptoms may be the first sign of COVID-19 in children, it is recommended to get tested for the coronavirus as soon as GI symptoms appear - rather than waiting for more common symptoms like cough or fever. 
>> How can you treat gastroenteritis symptoms associated with COVID-19?
Supportive care for gastroenteritis includes drinking plenty of fluids and treating with fever reducing medications if necessary. If your child is dehydrated, has severe abdominal pain or has blood in their stool, you should consult your doctor for other treatment options. 
>> How can parents prevent the spread of infection in children? 
It is recommended that children ages 5 years and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against the coronavirus. Hand washing is especially important if children are getting contact with someone who is experiencing gastroenteritis associated with a COVID-19 infection - as scientists have detected the virus in the stool of patients infected with COVID-19. Other preventive measures include wearing a mask for children aged two and up. 

Daily Meditative Reflections Inspire Hope and Faith Throughout Lent and Easter Seasons




Cleveland, OH, February 17, 2022 — It's that time of year again when we all start thinking about how we can make the most of Lent and Easter. Have you considered An Encounter: A Daily Discovery in Divine Word Volumes II and III? This series of books by Fr. Dr. Maurice Emelu can help you approach Lent and Easter with intention and purpose — even if it's just one day at a time. And, he explains, it will be a surprising, transformative, spiritual resource for you and your loved ones. 


“You see the eucharist, you see the sacraments, you see your neighbor, you see your friend, you see your family, you see the workplace, you see the road where you will walk — every part of that, in different degrees, are ways that you can really encounter the grace of God,” Fr. Emelu said in a recent interview.


Drawing upon his many years of pastoral ministry, Fr. Emelu combines story-telling with a Western worldview to offer a unique perspective on faith-life and what it means to grow closer to the Lord. He communicates his sentiments and ideas in compelling, relatable ways and applies them to today’s realities. Each passage aims to heal, inspire, teach and encourage through the power of God’s Word.


An Encounter is suitable for both personal and group faith sharing — for anyone seeking a daily walk with God. The topics of future volumes will be announced soon.


“Alone with God, the soul hears words that the noisy world often silences,” he said. “Call them a boost for the day or a spiritual companion for everyday life. They are empowering words meant to accompany readers on their own journey of life as they continue to discover the gentle Word of God.”


About the Author

Father Maurice Nkem Emelu, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of digital media and communication at John Carroll University in the United States. He is the chair of the John Carroll University core committee on humanities. The author of seven books, and over 700 blogs and professional articles, he provides robust cross-cultural educational programs through digital media. He is the host of EWTN’s The Faith with Father Maurice and the host/executive producer of Word for a Wounded World teaching series, plus numerous other television and radio works. He holds a Ph.D. from Liverpool Hope University, UK, focusing on digital storytelling, media aesthetics and theology, among other academic degrees. An encounter with the Lord when he was 14 changed him in fundamental ways, and today he describes himself as “passionately in love with God and His body, the Church.” 


For more information, please visit, or follow the author on Twitter (@revemelu) and YouTube (Fr. Maurice Emelu).


An Encounter: A Daily Discovery in Divine Word, Volume Two: Lent
Publisher: Bien LLC

ISBN-10: ‎ 0960109714

ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0960109715 


An Encounter: A Daily Discovery in Divine Word, Volume Three: Easter
Publisher: Bien LLC

ISBN-10: ‎ 0960109722

ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0960109722


Available from and wherever books are sold



Health Conditions that Can Benefit from Private Personal Training

Fredericksburg Fitness Studio, a private personal training studio, helps people with a variety of health conditions


FREDERICKSBURG, Virginia – (February 17, 2022) – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular physical activity is one of the most important things that one can do for their health. They report that everyone can experience health benefits by being physically active, regardless of age, shape, or ability. Those who have health conditions may find it helpful to work with a private personal trainer to have a customized plan to improve their health and wellness.


“With pretty much any type of health condition you have, I’m confident there are some things we can do to bring about improvements," explains Jennifer Scherer, certified personal trainer and owner of Fredericksburg Fitness Studio. "Since opening in 2008, we have helped many people to improve their health conditions, which improves their overall wellness.”


Fredericksburg Fitness Studio is a unique place that offers personalized fitness programs. Their customized training programs help people determine the best way to improve their health. They look at the overall person, rather than offering a one-size-fits-all approach. Their fitness programs are available by appointment only, so people are not intimidated by walking into a busy gym.


Some of the health conditions that can benefit from the type of programs offered at Fredericksburg Fitness Studio include:

  • Diabetes and thyroid conditions
  • Joint replacement, including hip and knee
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Arthritis and osteoporosis

"Having a customized plan to help with your recovery or for improving your condition is important," adds Scherer. "You are unique, so it only makes sense that your plan to recover or improve health and wellness should be as well. We help you get fit for life, so you can live your best one.”


February is American Heart Month, making it a great time to shed light on the importance of combating heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Every 36 seconds someone in the country dies from cardiovascular disease. Making healthy lifestyle changes can help people avoid and reduce risks from the disease. 


Fredericksburg Fitness Studio offers personalized fitness programs, including customized fitness training programs. Their private personal training studio offers a range of services to improve health and wellness, including medical exercise, personal training, in-home medical exercise training, virtual personal training, nutrition coaching, and a Pilates reformer program. 


The studio offers a 90-day Medical Exercise Training School program, which takes a personalized therapeutic approach to help manage chronic diseases. The program includes medical exercise and lifestyle education. Each session includes aerobics, strength, flexibility, Pilates, and balance training. A private facility, patients are typically referred to them by their doctor or physical therapist. 


Many people who go to the studio are referrals from physical therapists and doctors. The wellness professionals at the studio communicate with the medical teams to keep them up to date on patient progress. To learn more about the Fredericksburg Fitness Studio, visit the site at:


About Fredericksburg Fitness Studio

Founded in 2008, Fredericksburg Fitness Studio offers personalized fitness programs, nutrition coaching, and medical training. The private personal training studio was started by Jennifer Scherer, who has a background in human physiology, anatomy, nutrition, weight training, and exercise. The studio has a team of people working to help people reach their health and wellness goals. To learn more, visit the site at:




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Wednesday, February 16, 2022

How To Get Your Kids To Brush Their Teeth



Sometimes trying to persuade children that brushing their teeth is a good thing and that there are reasons they need to do it is a losing battle. They don't enjoy the process, they don't know what it's crucial, and they fight against it as much as possible, often coming up with all kinds of excuses not to do it the right way.

Of course, it's vital that children learn not only how to brush their teeth but to make it a big part of their daily routine. With that in mind, if you're having trouble getting your children to brush their teeth, here are some helpful hints at breaking through that barrier. 

See The Dentist

In some cases, the children might be confused as to exactly how they should be brushing their teeth. It's a hard thing to teach properly, and although they might think they're doing it right, you might notice that's not the case. If you're unsure how to teach them properly, make an appointment with your trusted dentist.

You could even fit it in with your own appointment. If you're already going to have tooth colored fillings in Colorado Springs, for example, you might ask your dentist to show you and your child exactly how to brush. In fact, if you are there as well, this can help as you will not only have the information yourself, but your child will feel much more at ease.

Use Flavored Toothpaste

More often than not, it's not the act of brushing the teeth that is the problem. It's the taste of the minty toothpaste that causes issues. Many children are sensitive to the taste of peppermint, and they, therefore, can't stand it when they have to use toothpaste to clean their teeth. 

Luckily, there is a solution. You can find a variety of flavored kinds of toothpaste on the market, which still do a good job, but don't put the children off due to the minty taste. From strawberry to bubblegum flavors and many others, this could be the best way to ensure their teeth get clean. Even if their mouths don't smell or feel minty fresh, their teeth won't be damaged through non-brushing. 

Brush Early

Most people assume that you need to brush your teeth last thing at night before you go to bed. This does make sense; you won't be eating or drinking anything, so your teeth can stay cleaner for longer. 

Although this is useful for adults, it's not quite the same for children. In fact, having them brush their teeth earlier in the evening is the best thing you can do. Sometimes the issue is that, by the time they have to brush their teeth, they are extremely tired. This can mean this last thing before bed becomes too much of a chore and something they dislike because they just want to go to sleep. If they brush their teeth earlier and then only drink water once it's done, they won't be so grumpy during the process, and they might start to incorporate it into their routine a little better.