Friday, July 10, 2009

Negotiation 101

My daughter had her four year check up today. Everything went fine and she did great. Watching her interact with the doctor is always so entertaining for me because our doctor has a great relationship with us and gets a kick out of my kids. Today they asked my daughter to take off her clothes except for her underwear. She turns and looks at the nurse and says, "I'm going to need a robe, please." How she even knew that was an option is beyond me, but they gave her one of those paper gowns. Then the doctor comes in and starts asking her questions about always riding in a car seat, always wearing a bicycle helmet, and a variety of other safety questions. Then she says, "Now, when you go swimming who do you want to make sure is always with you?" My daughter replies "Emily**". The doctor looks at me and says, "Is that an adult?" Nope, her three year old cousin. We then started talking about preschool a little and the doctor was trying to encourage my daughter to give it a try. Sure as can be she stood her ground and insisted she did not want to go, did not want to try it, would not like it, and didn't think it was a good idea to "try it out." Watching an educated professional (who we adore) try to negotiate with my four year old was worth the $15 copay.

The only "bad" part of the visit was that three shots were required, a tetanus being one of them so by tonight her arms was really swollen and sore. The plus side to that is a little Tylenol and TLC and she went right to bed.

** name changed for privacy


Joanne said...

Nice to have a clean bill of health, but she sounds like she really has her mind made up on pre-school!

Nancy said...

She is a riot that girl!
The shots part is rough though -- the tetanus always hurts the worst!