Wrestling your kids into the dentist office is never fun. Not only are you dealing with their anxiety, but you also wind up dealing with your own embarrassment as other waiting patients watch your kids throw tantrums. However, there are a few quick tips to make your dentist office visit easier that a recently interviewed Riverside Dentist recommends:
Choose a Pediatric Dentist
I always thought a dentist was a dentist; however, there are individuals who specialize in the oral care of kiddos – the pediatric dentist. According to the dentist interviewed, you always want to choose a pediatric dentist for your kids because they will “cater to a child’s needs which makes it a more comfortable environment, and they are also able to address specific dental needs and concerns that children have.”
Find the Right Dentist
Don’t ever sign up with the first dentist available. You always want to check a dentist out prior making an appointment with him or her to make sure that he or she will provide the comfort and care your child needs. The interviewed dentist suggested finding “someone that is active in the community.” Children are more likely to trust someone they have seen before, and when they trust their dentist they are more comfortable during their visit.
It’s also a good idea to find a dentist that offers fun things for children to help ease worried minds. Things such as a prize box, video games, and movies are all excellent things for a pediatric dentist office to have.
Educate Your Kids Before Their Visit
The number one source of fear and anxiety for a child before a dentist visit is simply not knowing what to expect. Take the time to educate your kids about a trip to the dentist prior to an appointment. The interviewed dentist suggested reading them “The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist” or other literature the night before to sooth nerves.
Regardless, of how you decide to prep your child for their dentist office visit remember to always remain positive. Even if you have had negative experiences at the dentist’s, immediately scaring your children will only make life harder on you, and will most likely prevent them from maintaining good oral hygiene in the future.
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It’s highly doubtful that many people who know of me or know me personally would say I am a mean Mama, however, the question does come to mind occasionally for me. The reason being is that I co-parent and my oldest is almost 9 years old & her father and I seem to be polar opposites. With me Ki gets up in the morning, not by me waking her up but by her own alarm clock. Ki gets dressed then comes in and wakes me up if my alarm hasn’t gone off yet. Sometimes I get right up and other times I ask her to go brush her hair then come back and get me.
I have taught my daughter to make scrambled eggs in the microwave and she knows how to make her own breakfast; toast, pastry strudels or cereal or the scrambled eggs in microwave. I don’t allow her to use a stove yet but you get it, she is self sufficient and actually I see in her eyes the sense of pride she holds being able to make her own breakfast. It’s a freedom she enjoys. There are occasions when I plan to wake up and make french toast or a specially cooked breakfast but for the most part she does her own breakfast.
I get up, shower and make sure to do Ki’s hair in braids or whatever she may have planned for her hair. Occasionally she let’s me try something new, and sometimes when we do something new in her hair the kids pick on her but since she loves it she just tries her best to ignore the mean words from other children because she knows as long as she loves her hair do it’s all that matters.
My middle child will start school this year and he is five, so he won’t be doing all of this on his own, obviously he is too young. I will however, start dropping him off at the curb at school and watching him walk over the playground with his sister once he starts getting used to the routine of school. I won’t walk my child to class every day unless there is a real need for it, such as AJ having his anxiety or maybe a child who is simply born with a disability and can’t quite make it on his or her own to the class. My children don’t have a disability therefore they can walk their own self to class under the supervision of the teacher who handles their line into school.
My three year old takes care of his plate after dinner, cleans up after his messes around the house, helps fold laundry and sometimes even helps take care of dishes. I believe in teaching not only independence but that a family works together and plays together. A family is united and we all do what we can to help ease the burden off of each other so that we can have more time for family fun!
Back to the question; am I a mean Mama? I don’t think I am. I even asked my daughter if she felt any negative feelings about how I parent and she said “no Mama it’s just the way I like it” so see even when you give your kids responsibilities and independence they still love you for it! I bet as adults my children will thank me for teaching them to be independent because it will make being an adult a bit more easy!
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