Rose had a check up recently and our sweet doctor said, “Hey let’s just get your flu shot out of the way today.” (It would have saved me a co-pay doing it then.) Well Rose freaked out!
Normally she is fine getting shots but I also generally tell them ahead of time “We are going to get your flu shots. I will get one too.” And we usually all do it together in one fail swoop and then quickly get ice cream afterwards.
Well that day, she wasn’t having it. It was such an unusual response from her that I just backed off and said, “OK we don’t have to do it right now. But we are doing it at some point.”
When we got to the car, she was still upset and she says with all clarity “All I ask is fair warning!”
I thought this was a reasonable request, and I will warn her before we go.
Do you generally tell your kids when they are getting shots – immunizations or flu shots? Do they do better knowing ahead of time or are they better to spring it on them? What order do you usually do it? Do you start with the scared ones first or the brave ones first?