I mentioned this in Nancy's thread on PE today, but just had to share it here. The kids had their 6-mo. checkup at the dentist today. easy child looks great, no cavities, no need for orthodontia. Even difficult child 2 had a glowing report, and that's surprising because of his braces which are so much harder to keep clean. And then there's Mister-Almost-Fifteen-And-The-Biggest-difficult child-Pain-In-My-Patooty who can't be bothered with brushing his teeth. Floss? What's THAT? Flouride rinse? Waste of my precious video gaming time. Well, difficult child 1, I'd like to introduce you to my friend Natural Consequence. And he has a present for you. In fact, he has SIX presents for you: SIX CAVITIES! So you get to go back THREE times to the dentist to sit in his chair while he drills and fills your teeth that you can't be bothered to care for unless your mother nags you. And quite frankly, she's pretty much DONE with that. And no, you can't take the gift back -- it's yours FOREVER. Practicing my Detachment 101 and NOT going to flip out over this at all. I ranted a little bit of an I-Told-You-So on the drive home, and discussed the financial impact this will have, but that's it. Although I might buy him a bottle of Flouride rinse for his birthday next month. And maybe some flavored dental floss. But NOT going to remind him to use it! (Well, maybe just once. But it will definitely NOT be a nag).