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Doctor appointments used to be horrible in our family. A comparison might be a trust fall exercise with your friends from college kind of horrible. We’d rather have tried to give our cat a bath. The doctor’s office can still be difficult at times, but it’s 100% better. Truthfully, who really likes going to go see the doctor anyway?

Three things have been massively helpful throughout the years:

1. Don’t be afraid to find a new pediatrician if needed. Your kid, like you, may respond better to someone different. This is not because anything is even necessarily wrong, but because we’re all people, and people are weird. Sometimes there’s no explanation for why some people “click” and others don’t.

2. YouTube Kids videos. Think about it; what unknown task do you try without checking out YouTube first? Last spring my car needed a new battery. Thanks to YouTube, an hour and a half later I was on the road. Sure, in the video, it only took the sophomore in high school, coached by her dad holding the camera, 7 minutes and 17 seconds to demonstrate how to change a battery, but nonetheless, the video was very helpful to me.

3. Find a way to celebrate the small victories along the way so you don’t find yourself dreading the necessities of life. Bub loves to be praised and cheered on. We set goals of counting to 20 and told him we’d cheer for him if he’d sit still during the checkup while we counted to 20. Even if the full amount of time wasn’t reached, a helpful “good job” and “you’re okay” always followed. When we hit 20, the entire staff cheered with us. Party time!

Don’t be afraid to look for new ideas and ask other parents for help. When it comes to appointments, no parent has it all together. After each appointment, assess and reset goals for improvement.

Do you have other tips on taking your kids to the doctor? Thanks for your time, and we’d love to hear from you.