...the best part of their day is the visit to the dentist for a cleaning!
When I was growing up, the dentist was something to be feared and dreaded...I still have a hard time getting through those emotions when it's my turn for a dental visit and I seriously dread taking the kids to the dentist every time.
So on Tuesday, when I thought I'd make the day more palatable for the kids by buying them a special restaurant breakfast on route to the dentist's office, I needn't have wasted my money...when the kids found out they were going to the dentist's office, they were ecstatic and didn't even want to finish their breakfasts in order to get going sooner. Seriously.
On the drive there, Matthew said that he had a bit of a stomach ache and I suggested compassionately that maybe he was a little anxious.
"About what?" he asked.
"Well," I responded, "I'm wondering if you're worried at all about the dentist visit we're going to."
"No," he said incredulously. "I've had a cavity before and that didn't bother me...why would a cleaning bother me...it's just a cleaning Mom. I think I just ate a little too fast so that we could get going. That's why my stomach's bothering me."
Sure, the dentist's office caters to kids and they were able to watch part of a movie and play a few video games and play make-believe kitchen, etc. But still, all three were genuinely happy to be there. Lizzie told the hygienist that she was "so excited" because she'd get to have that "spicy stuff" in her mouth at the end of her cleaning - by which she was referring to the fluoride treatment! Later, when I was booking an appointment for their next cleaning in six months, the kids all groaned because they wanted to come back sooner.
Who are these children?
Seriously, my kids really do enjoy life to the max. The fight and squabble and whine and complain just like every other kid, but I never have any problems engaging them in life. They're always just ready to go...anywhere. Both the hygienist and the dentist commented, shaking their heads, that they don't typically get these kinds of reactions from kids. My kids kept trying to carry on conversations while their mouths were open and being cleaned, and they laughed their way through their appointments; the staff said that they were delightful!
I think I need to get those staff comments in writing to present to all of those h/schooling skeptics who like to express concern about the risks of h/schooling on 'socialization!' On the other hand, maybe my kids are a little 'out there' - after all, it is a little strange how much they love going to the dentist!