Don’t use the doctor or dentist as a punishment for kids

I cannot imagine doing this, but I suppose that some people speak without thinking and say the wrong thing to kids all the time. My kids enjoy going to the doctor and I always let them know about it in advance, as well as warn them if they may get a shot or have to give blood. This is to allow for open discussion and questioning to take place. Kids sometimes just need a little time to process

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“I hear parents say all the time, ‘Now you’re going to get a shot because you were whining,’ or, ‘We’re going to see the doctor because you were bad,'” says pediatrician Anita Chandra. “That is not helpful to the interaction between a child and a pediatrician ā€“ or a dentist ā€“ in any way.”



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