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We all know what it’s like getting kids to do stuff that they don’t want to do. Like banging your head against a brick wall. Over, and over, and over, and over…
Whether it’s eating all their greens or going to bed, doing their homework or not spending so much time playing video games. If it’s good for them, kids will generally be a pain in the butt about doing it, and make your life a misery as a parent.
And getting them to brush their teeth? Forget about it! That’s one of the first things you teach them to do that doesn’t involve a potty, and they still can’t get it right!
Yes, before dressing themselves, before tying their shoelaces, before even learning colors, kids have to be taught to brush their teeth… and they hate it!
One parent on Twitter had definitely had enough of their kid doing a shoddy job with a toothbrush, so they hatched a plan.
Dad Henry Warren from England, UK, waited until his son lost a tooth… and then got official on that kid’s butt!
He drafted a letter to his boy, addressed ‘From the Desk of Barry T. Tooth Fairy’ and had the real life tooth fairy explain how to take care of his teeth better!
Then he took to Twitter to show off his ingenious work!
The child’s parents left the nearly 200 word letter to their son in order to encourage him to brush his teeth more carefully, and generally pay more attention to his oral hygiene.
In case you can’t read the small print (and who does that these days?) the official sounding letter says the following:
Dear Mr Warren,
This letter is to inform you that I have now taken receipt of your tooth and it is being duly processed in our system
You will have noticed there has been a delay in your payment for the tooth. Mr Warren, I have to inform you that this is due to the condition in which we found said tooth. We expect a certain amount of wear and tear on the teeth we appraise. However in this case your tooth had to be referred up to the committee for further analysis.
We believe this is due to the lack of care and attention by yourself. We have detected more than trace amounts of Fanta and residual amounts of both cereal and chocolate which have not been removed by appropriate brushing technique. We recommend you review your practice here as a matter of urgency.
Mr warren we will accept the tooth on this occasion but we need your assurances that the condition of your next tooth will be significantly better or we will withhold payment.
Barry T. Tooth Fairy
You’ve got to admit, if you got a letter like that in the mail, no matter what it was about, you would want to straighten up and fly right!
Parents on Twitter jumped to heap praise on inventive dad Henry… and Barry of course!
So what do you think of this dad’s letter? A back and forth foamy stroke of genius? Or do you think that kid would struggle to read the letter? I mean, it’s like something from a lawyer!
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