We took our 4-year-old to the dentist on Friday. She was scared of going the whole week prior.
When we got there, she watched me get my teeth cleaned – intently. Then, she crawled up on that big seat and sat as still as wood. She opened her mouth and listened to instructions. The hygienist was very kind and explained each tool.
At the end of the visit, my 4yo got a toothbrush, a sticker, toothpaste, and mouthwash. Afterward, she proclaimed that it was “super fun.”
I am often – daily – so proud of her I could burst. She is intelligent, compassionate, candid, and creative. She is meticulous about art and eager about learning. She isn’t afraid to say she is afraid. She is constantly reminding Tim & I to be better – “we don’t talk about other people” and “we don’t say ‘stupid’.”
Her tender heart and sweet spirit are gentle reassurances of our choice not to spank. [I grew up in a culture that said if kids weren’t spanked, they were sure to be spoiled brats. I don’t believe that].
I know she’s not perfect, but neither am I. We’re both in this together.
* This post wasn’t meant to be about spanking. It’s just something that came to mind.
* Now I’m going to order a box of cookies for the Affiliated Dental Center staff (because they are awesome).
Have you taken your child(ren) to the dentist? What was the experience like?