what’s working: being flexible

by eringoodman on January 13, 2009

in shifting perspective, what's working!

I thought I was going to be writing about “re-entry” after our lovely weekend retreat (how do you keep the blissful feelings going, how do you find those feelings in your daily life etc.) but thanks to a much-appreciated courtesy call from our dentist, I learned that the kids have dentist appointments tomorrow. Lily’s second appointment. Quinn’s first.

My immediate response when I heard the message and realized that the appointments were this week was to want to call back and cancel them. I haven’t even mentioned to the kids that they are going to the dentist (because well…I didn’t remember) and I know from past experience that my kids usually need some “warm up” time before major events like visiting the dentist.

Major event, you ask? The dentist. Really?

Really. Both of our children, and especially our Lily, are very sensitive to energy and going to a place that we only visit twice a year, where there are all kinds of new sights, smells, sounds — and masked people sticking fingers and other objects into your mouth can be a little scary.

The dentist we go to, luckily, is very understanding of this and they ease children into the whole process very slowly. During Lily’s first visit to the dentist (the first visit that was for her – prior to that she had come and watched me get my teeth cleaned and sat in the chair several times) I took photographs to share with her.

And today I’m sharing them here so the kids and I can scroll through them and get ready for tomorrow’s visit!

a little nervous on the way in

a little nervous on the way in

getting comfy in the chair

getting comfy in the chair

cleaning

cleaning

flossing

flossing

a visit to the treasure chest

a visit to the treasure chest

Later this week I’ll be sure to discuss yummy mother’s retreat feelings and integrating them into daily life. Though it’s actually quite fitting that this little dentist detour came up this week. This is a perfect example of the daily yoga of parenting, isn’t it? 

I thought I would be doing this today, but instead I’m doing this. Now what?

Now I will do my best to do what I am constantly asking my kids to do – Take a deep breath and go with the flow! Hold my hand, and to the dentist we go!!

{ 1 comment }

mandy January 14, 2009 at 7:11 am

” I haven’t even mentioned to the kids that they are going to the dentist (because well…I didn’t remember) ”

Gee, that sounds familiar ;-)

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