When Parents Use "Injections" As A Scare TacticCreated by:
Today I released a blog post, Patient Chronicles: Please Don't Use "Injections" to Discipline Your Children.
In the clinic I was working in, I came across a little boy and his mom in the corridor and I heard her telling him off for running around and playing. He wasn't being too bad, though, but anyway when he still decided to play, his mother goes: "You have to behave or the doctor will give you an injection" And she smiled at me and gave me a wink. It was really awkward, but just before I left, I smiled at her and very politely, I said: "Oh please don't use the injection to scare him."
What are your thoughts about this, because I really hear this a lot from parents and it always upsets me that they have to use an already SCARY tool to add to the threat of doctors, hospitals, clinics and so forth. I mean, it is hard enough to convince a child to sit down on the chair and ask them to open their mouths--when parents have instilled such an ominous threat, it takes thing to a whole new level, doesn't it?
I wish they wouldn't do it. Bad cop, good cop--I hope they stop making us the bad cop because they have to be our friends. Anyway, regardless, we will deal with these fears as they have to be met and personally, I love children and I enjoy treating children in my clinic. But I would really appreciate some help from parents--we are not the bad guys. They have to stop disciplining their children with the threat of INJECTIONS (cue in horror music). LOL.