From the backseat of the car, my daughter asked me to tell her a story. Since we were on the way to her annual well child exam, I wondered if she was seeking a virtual role play in which the heroine of my story would be on her way to the doctor, too. So, sure enough, Kittenpants (the heroine of most of our stories lately, name chosen by my child) was, indeed, about to get her checkup and had some doctor anxiety. As I continued, my child kept asking for more detail. My hunch had been correct. She very much wanted to know what she was about to get into, but safely first, through a story.
1. Go to the doctor and dentist—yours, that is.
2. Find the right provider for your child.
3. Validate your child’s feelings.
4. Let your child develop her own thoughts about the appointment.
5. Play doctor. Dr. Hilarious, that is.
6. Educate neutrally.
7. Talk about life after the appointment.
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