I was having a hard time brushing my kid's teeth when my pediatrician made this suggestion: Pretend there are monkeys or cats or pigs in your kids mouth. Say, "Are there monkeys in there?" and then dive in with the tooth brush. I thought it was the dumbest suggestion ever and gave her one of those, "Uh-huh lady" looks. But guess what. It WORKS! I can now brush my kid's teeth every night without a battle. It's even a fun experience for both of us! Bravo, pediatrician!