Thursday at last! This is the last day of the work week in our office. These days I've been doing my dental assisting job four days a week instead of the two I usually do, thus not so many posts. By the end of the day I'm pretty beat. I work in a very busy orthodontic practice where we see about 60-70 kids and adults a day, one doctor four assistants.If anyone has had kids in braces you know an ortho office is very different from your regular dental office. Because so much of the technical stuff can be delegated and done by staff, that leaves the doctor free to be the thinker and delegator. For the most part we have great kids in our practice, and having worked there for almost 20 years I've seen a lot different personalities come through...both kids and their parents. I've seen kids that are quiet and shy but always cooperative, and some that are comfortable talking to anyone, even the stranger in the next chair. So we have a great vantage point for the study of child development AND parental guidance. Most parents have no problem letting their kids have work done on them without being right at their side, knowing this is a good skill for the kids to learn, independence. Yesterday I had a little girl who for whatever reason had decided she didn't like what we were doing and just wasn't going to open her mouth anymore. (We were trying to do something we had done several times in the past, nothing new) The parents were present(red flag); they begged, then they threatened, then they begged some more, then they tried to bribe with "if you do this we'll stop at mcdonalds and get a milkshake" but the little one was stubborn. It was SO OBVIOUS this kid was manipulating the parents, who, even though we accomplished nothing that day, probably stopped at mcdonalds anyway. They were so engaged in this dance, they had no idea what they sounded like. It's so hard to be a parent and know what to say when, and I totally believe a little bit of bribery (I prefer to call it reward) is alright...after all, aren't we all working towards some end? A cup of tea when I finish quilting this last section! A piece of chocolate and a sit down after I clean the house. I guess successful parenting comes when you know where to draw the line. Next week I'll post about some of the unofficial surveys I do with the kids, like how many tv's do you have in your house?
Tomorrow back to my fabric and maybe I can post some progress pictures!