According to the surgeon general, tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease. To prevent your child from having tooth decay and practice great oral care, it’s important for you to educate your child on the importance of their teeth. It can be hard to stay on top of your children to make sure they’re brushing, flossing, but this guide can help you out a bit!Start Early The earlier you start, the easier it is. Once you start seeing teeth growing on your little one, you should begin brushing their teeth twice a day. Even though these are just the primary, or baby teeth, you will help keep their gums clean and healthy. Starting early will also instill in your child the importance of routinely taking care of their teeth. It is normally recommended to start flossing around 4 years of age.Educate Them on the Process It’s important to patiently describe how and why to brush their teeth. Without frightening them, be sure to explain that when one neglects their mouth they can get cavities, bad breath, tooth rotting, gum disease and other terrible consequences.Walk Them through It Be sure to demonstrate the pea-sized toothpaste you put on the toothbrush and the way your brush morning and night. Show them the motions and all the areas including the top, side and backside of their teeth as well as their tongue and the sides of their mouth. It’s equally important to show them how your floss and use mouthwash.Set a Good ExampleThe best way to train your child to take care of their teeth is to be a good role model. Show them that Mommy and Daddy brush their teeth and it keeps their teeth clean and white.Make it Fun The easiest way to get kids on-board with things is make it fun for them. Have them pick out their own toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Challenge your child to keep brushing the entire length of their favorite song. Have them brush their doll or stuffed animal’s teeth too. Another helpful tip is to accentuate the positive to your child. Say things like, “Oh I can’t wait to brush my teeth and have the smooth, clean feel!” This will help them get enthusiastic about brushing as opposed to dreading it.Eat & Drink HealthyOne of the best ways to take care of your child’s teeth is to create a healthy diet for them. Staying away from starchy or sugary foods and drinks is a great way to keep plaque and bacteria away. We recommend fresh vegetables, low-fat yogurt, fruits,and low-fat cheese. Also encourage children to drink water which has a natural rinsing and cleansing element. It also keeps your child hydrated and mouth moisturized.Take Them to the Dentist Regularly It’s important to take your child to the dentist twice a year starting at age one. Prepare your child for the experience explaining that professionals will be looking into their mouth and examining their teeth and mouth health.
WHAT ARE THE STANDARDS IN WISCONSIN FOR PHYSICAL PLACEMENT?Physical placement means where a child is physically, and is usually counted by number of overnights with the party.If the parties can’t reach an agreement, the court will determine physical placement based on the child’s best interests. The court will consider several factors, including: the child’s wishes; the child’s relationship with each parent, with siblings, and with any other person who may affect their best interests; the amount and quality of the time each parent spent with the child in the past; any reasonable changes proposed by the parent to be able to spend more time with the child in the future; the child’s adjustment to the home, school, religion and community; the child’s age and age-related developmental and education needs; the mental and physical health of the parties, the minor children, and other persons living in the proposed custodial household; the need for regularly occurring and meaningful periods of visitation and physical placement in order to provide predictability and stability for the child; the availability of public or private child care services; whether each party can support the other party’s relationship with the child, or whether one party is likely to interfere with the child’s continuing relationship with the other party or to unreasonably refuse to cooperate or communicate with the other party.WHAT ARE THE TYPICAL STEPS IN A CHILD PLACEMENT/CUSTODY CASE?Usually, there will be an initial hearing in front of a judge or a court commissioner to see if the parents can agree on a schedule. If there is no agreement, usually the case is referred to mediation. If mediation fails, then most counties will appoint a guardian ad litem and/or order a child custody study. A guardian ad litem, commonly referred to as a GAL, is a lawyer who will represent the best interests of the child(ren). If the parties still cannot agree, eventually the case will go to trial. A typical timeline is anywhere between 2 months and a year or more, depending on if the case is settled quickly or goes to trial. Temporary orders are usually possible while waiting for the full case to be completed.HOW ARE CHILD SUPPORT CALCULATIONS MADE?If one parent has the child the majority of the time, known as primary placement, typically child support will be based on the statutory guidelines: 17% of gross income for one child; 25% of gross income for two children; 29% of gross income for three children, and 31% of gross income for four children. Either parent may request a deviation from these standard calculations, and the court may use a different formula for high or low income payers.A Shared Placement formula is used if both parents have the child at least 25% (92 overnights per year) of the time. This formula looks at the income of both parents and the amount of time spent with each parent. Other costs, such as health insurance premiums, may also be considered.WHAT DO I DO IF I’M BEHIND ON CHILD SUPPORTIf you’re having trouble meeting your child support obligations it is important to speak with an attorney to determine if a modification possible. Once you get behind on your support payments, there are severe penalties that may be imposed, ranging from losing your driver’s license to being sentenced to jail.IS AN ATTORNEY REALLY NECESSARY?There is no easy answer to this question. People handle family law disputes on their own (pro se) all the time. Working with an experienced family law attorney allows you to be sure your rights are being protected. Also, having an attorney who can negotiate on your behalf often makes the difference in being able reach a satisfactory agreement instead of having a decision imposed by the judge. An attorney can make a realistic assessment of your case, advise you on court procedures, knows how to get evidence admitted, and can frame appropriate legal arguments for the court.