The thing with having four busy kids is that you have almost zero hope of taking care of yourself to any useful level. It’s pretty much all I can do to get through the day and not forget where someone is without fitting in any kind of self care as well.
I’m writing this at 9.36pm on a Saturday evening after spending over an hour trying to get my littlest to sleep, and by that I mean lying in his cot with him. My biggest boy has been at a swim gala since 2.45, number two has been at gymnastics thirty minutes away all day and number 3 has been at a party and now a sleepover. If I’m lucky I’ll eat dinner at 10, watch TV for an hour and then go to bed so exhausted I can barely be bothered to clean my teeth. My poor toothbrush has been in dire need of a new brush head and batteries for the last month, but somehow I just haven’t managed to sort it out. My poor teeth have no chance! My husband once ended up at the emergency dentist in St. Helens on a weekend away, and I remember so clearly how much pain he was in so really don’t want to get to the point where my lack of care does some serious damage. I do clean them twice a day, but definitely not as thoroughly as I should and my flossing sticks have been unopened in my drawer for a long time.
I did buy a non electric toothbrush last week, but then saw it on the floor by the toilet the next day and thew it away thinking it was old! There really is no hope for me.
I’m actually really lucky in that at the grand old age of almost 40 I have no fillings and my teeth although a little coffee stained ( another problem with having a busy life ) have until recently been in pretty good condition. However, the last time I flossed rather a lot of blood appeared in the sink so I think I definitely need to up my teeth cleaning regime and somehow fit in a visit to the hygienist. The weeks just seem to disappear and I have my littlest at home all the time so it’s not easy to escape for half an hour to get my teeth cleaned. I know lots of people don’t enjoy the dentist or hygienist at all, but I find it quite relaxing. That possibly demonstrates how stressful life usually is!
I’m forever nagging the kids to clean their teeth properly ( does anyone else shout “was that really 2 minutes?” up the stairs EVERY night? ) so really should lead by example.
I’m going to up my game!