What is it about difficult children and brushing teeth? Tonight J refused absolutely to brush his teeth (he is never keen on it) - he has been coughing a lot and vomited a little with the coughing, said he felt sleepy (he doesn't have a temperature), so it was a kind of "special night" with him sitting in front of the fire and us not doing the usual routine; I think he was taking advantage of the specialness to push the not having to brush his teeth... Anyway, deciding to be a bit more conscious than just launching into all-out battle ("you WILL brush your teeth and I will make you!"), I attempted... not CPR but CPS. I established that the reason he didn't want to brush his teeth was because "it is long" (it takes a long time) and I explained - with him writhing about, not very interested - the reasons why I wanted to brush his teeth. He didn't have any solutions to offer so I came up with the compromise that he have chewing gum tonight and then tomorrow morning we will brush his teeth. This he accepted... This is such a battleground. Why? It takes a long time... is it an ADHD thing then? Not sure what to do about the coughing... if I take him to the doctor, they just say (probably rightly) that it is pointless giving antibiotics and it should just run its course. But the vomiting?