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With regard to the story-telling approach to discipline...My mother told me that if I didn't brush my teeth that small birds and lizards would come in the night and eat the sugar off my teeth, but also accidentally eat some of the enamel and eventually I would be left with blackened triangular stumps.

That worked pretty well and retained surprising effectiveness even after I was absolutely clear that no such thing would happen.

It doesn't happen because you brush your teeth well. Keep it up and you'll be fine.

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