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Hilary Duff: “I don’t want to rush him through life and the stages that are going by so quickly.”

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Hilary Duff Announces Each Pack of Trident Gum purchased This Week Is A Donation to Smiles Across AmericaYesterday, Hilary Duff celebrated Trident gum’s 10-year anniversary of their sponsorship of Oral Health America’s Smiles Across America campaign. (The campaign provides oral disease prevention to uninsured children.) This week 5 cents of every pack of Trident gum purchased—up to $200,000—will go to the cause! Parents sat down with the actress-cum-pop star and mom of 2-year-old Luca to talk dental health, why she’s more afraid of the terrible 3s than the 2s, and her own mommy monologue—Lizzie McGuire-style.

P: You’ve been involved in a lot of charitable work, what drew you to this cause?

HD: I think I just got inspired knowing that Trident has supported Oral Health America for the past ten years and they’ve raised over 2 million dollars doing such good. I’m starting to work with my son, taking care of his teeth everyday and trying to teach him how to brush. I’ve always had teeth issues so I know how painful it can be. I want to teach him how important it is to keep healthy teeth and brush after meals. And it’s my gum! This is actually my gum that I buy.

P: Speaking of teaching your son to brush, is he brushing his own teeth? Does he ever complain about having to do it? 

HD: He wants to brush his own, but I brush him first and then I let him “brush.” We started brushing when he had two little nubs sticking out just to get him used to it. My friend told me, “Get a toothbrush in there as soon as you can and make it a habit and routine.” We try to make it fun. I’ll be like “I bet you can’t stand on one foot while I brush your teeth” and he goes “I can! I can! I can!”

How to Brush Baby's Teeth
How to Brush Baby's Teeth
How to Brush Baby's Teeth

Aside from brushing, healthy eating habits are important, too. Check out Parents’ Toddler Nutrition Quiz to see if he’s eating right.

P: Now that Luca is 2 years old, tell me: Are they terrible?

HD: No. Not at all. I’m worried for 3 because 2 has been a breeze.

P: What’s your favorite part about 2?

HD: I think just all the vocabulary that happens. He’s getting so vocal and now he can put 4 or 5 words together. It’s a big thing when they can start joining words, but it’s sad too because some of the really cute things that you love go away quick. He’s starting to sing. He loves to sing the ABCs and The Great Big Spider—he does not like The Itsy Bitsy Spider he likes The Great Big Spider.

P: So you changed the words?

HD: Yes. And I guess…just how capable he is with everything now. He knows what he wants, but he’s a very sweet little boy and he has a really good spirit. He has the best smile. I’m lucky, but I’m a little afraid for 3 because 2 has been great.

P: Is there anything that he does that makes you think “Oh my gosh, he’s such a little mini-me?”

HD: All of his vocal-isms. He says “oh!” all the time because I say “Oh.” I’ll say to him “It’s time to go!” He’ll say “OH!” The other day I put something on instagram where he sprayed me with the hose. I didn’t think he could pull the trigger because they’re really tough. I just say “sure” all the time and I said “You can’t spray me” and he said “SURE!” and then pssshhhhh blasted me with the hose. He also says “No way” which is bad. I usually say it in a good way when I get excited like “no wayyyy”  and now he says it in a bad way. I’m like “Do you want to change your diaper?” “No way!” Excuse me? The sass.

P: This year has been a year of transition for your family. What has been the key to maintaining a positive parenting relationship for you and for Luca, perhaps as an example for other moms that might be going through harder times?

HD: I think the key thing for us is that he’s our main priority and we love and care for him so much and so everything else will straighten out eventually. We’re just trying to move forward with as much love as we can for him and our family. And we have a lot of respect for each other.

P: You’re most famous for your portrayal of Lizzie McGuire. She always had that inner monologue running through her head as a cartoon. What’s your mommy inner monologue like?

HD: I wish I could be funny right now, but I really don’t think it’s funny. I think a lot of the time I remind myself to count to ten. Take a breather. Their little legs can’t always keep up with ours and I don’t want to rush him through life and rush through the stages that I notice are going by so quickly. My life is so busy and so hectic and I move so quickly that it’s like, take it down a notch. It’s all good. So I think Ok count to 10. Sometimes it’s so easy to say “I’m just gonna pick you up and we’re gonna go,” but I want to be really patient with him.

Photograph: Michael Simon/StarTracks

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How to Help Your Kids Fight Against Cavities

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Toddler with toothbrushWe all know it’s important to form healthy hygiene habits from an early age — and a specific one is tooth care.  According to the CDC, tooth decay (or cavities) actually “affect children in the United States more than any other chronic infectious disease.”

Dental experts recommend that kids see the dentist by their first birthday, when their teeth are starting to grow, though waiting until they’re 2- or 3-years old is also okay.  Parents should help their children brush and floss until they are old enough, or have developed the fine motor skills, to hold a toothbrush and dental floss on their own.

Guidelines from MouthHealthy.org, a new site from the American Dental Association, recommends these brushing techniques:

  • Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
  • Move the brush back and forth gently in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
  • Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  • To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.

Since February is Children’s Dental Health Month, brush up on more “toothy” knowledge.  Check out these Parents features:

 

Image: One year old baby boy with toothbrush via Shutterstock.

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Jennie Garth Promotes Healthy Habits for Back to School

Monday, September 10th, 2012

I recently met up with former Beverly Hills, 90210 star Jennie Garth for the launch of Crest and Oral-B’s new line, For Me. The new line features a complete list of oral care products for tweens, while Oral-B Stages, for children from four months to seven years of age, has added the Disney characters Jake and the Neverland Pirates to their line-up.

Garth, who now has her own reality show, A Little Bit Country, says back to school is the perfect time to revamp kids’ habits. The mom of three admits that between the hustle and bustle of her family’s “crazy schedules,” it’s hard to keep up with the things they should.

To help encourage healthy habits, Garth starts early by telling her daughters it’s their job to take care of themselves.”I think that’s an important message to give them for all things in their life,” she explains. “They’re their own best advocate in any situation, so I start right away and model what they need to do.”

When I asked her what she liked most about being a mom, she smiled and said, “snuggle time,” without missing a beat. “Just a little of that compassion and empathy,” she explains. “I nurture that into my children, instill that into them, and then they can give it.”

Read more on Parents.com:

First Image: Jessica Scheetz with Jennie Garth

Second Image: Jennie Garth with daughter Lola Facinelli making toothbrush holders by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Crest and Oral-B/AP Images

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