Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Jace man's first and last trip to the dentist didn't go over very smoothly, but I knew I needed to give it another try.  I made the appointment, and mentioned it to Jace.  His reaction was the same as last time, flat out refusal. Luckily I had 3 weeks to convince him it was a good idea to go.  I tucked it in the back of my mind and knew I had to come up with something good in order to make this work.

Fast forward to yesterday.  I had to return something to Old Navy and brought Dan and the boys with me.  While wandering the store, Jace found a superhero shirt he couldn't live without.  I secretly bought one for him and Camden thinking I could give it to them as a Valentine's day gift.  As we headed home from the store, the dental office called and had a cancellation the very next day. I took the appointment and began to panic.  I hadn't had enough time to convince Jace it was a good idea to let the dentist check his mouth.  When all of the sudden I remembered the superhero shirts.

That night I showed the boys my purchase and told them they could only wear their shirt if they accepted the first mission assignment as a superhero.  After agreeing to my terms I filled them in on their assignment: "To let the dentist count all the teeth in their mouth".  It worked, Jace was on board.

I went first and had Jace sit on my lap during the entire cleaning and check up.  He didn't make a peep.  Next it was his turn and he didn't even bat an eye.  Hopped right up in the chair, showed the hygienist his shirt, and she went to town.  Not only did the dentist count his teeth but he got a full cleaning and fluoride treatment!

Mission Accomplished.

1 comment:

Tawnya said...

So creative! That's some good mothering right there.