Open Letter to the Minnesota Mom Whose Kid Was Screaming Bloody Murder…
I wasn't trying to listen. I promise! But I was sitting at the other end of the dentist's office in the waiting area and I couldn't help but hear your little one having a hard time. Ok, your child was having an absolutely horrible time at the dentist. I'm not sure if this was the first visit, maybe there was a cavity that had to be taken care of, or maybe they were just scared to be in that very sterile place...not sure what was going on but I could tell by the screams that your little one did NOT want to be there. Honestly, I don't blame your child one bit. I would pay someone to go to the dentist for me if that was an option.
I wanted to let you know that I've been in your shoes. My youngest had those same scream-filled moments too and possibly in that same room. Going to the dentist with him was one of the hardest adventures I had as a mom. It didn't matter if I bribed him with movies, candy, ice cream, toys, money - trust me, I tried it all - he screamed bloody murder too. Our visit never brought anyone joy and it was one of the most exhausting tasks that I had to do with my little guy.
I know that I'm a stranger and my words don't mean much when you are in the midst of some embarrassment and hard moments like this as a parent...but if you are reading this, I want you to save this. Keep it handy for that next moment in life that gets tough with your kiddo - whether that is your next visit to the dentist or something completely different. Because, it does get better. In fact, I can prove it. I was at the dentist's office with my little guy while you were there with your little one, and this time, he actually didn't scream or cry when it was time to open his mouth.
I just wanted you to know that I understood all of the emotions that were probably rolling through your mind and heart in those tough moments. I also wish that we weren't in this COVID world where giving hugs aren't taboo...because I definitely would have given you one.
From...a mom that understands and is always here virtually if you need to chat...or cry. Life is tough and we all need a circle of people to help us out in these moments of life when we feel like screaming too.