Since more attention has been paid to the spreading of the Zika virus, many parents have spent a little extra time picking the brains of their child's pediatrician, which is fine since parents tend to keep their kid's doctor on speed dial anyway. What's one more annoying phone call to ask a zillion questions about a disease your kid totally doesn't have? For real though, your child's pediatrician plays an important role in both of your lives — keeping your kid healthy and keeping your anxieties in check — so it's only natural that you want them to like you. Like, you know they've got a lot of families on their roster, but I mean, your family is clearly the best, and you kinda want your pediatrician to agree.
Even just your baby’s well child visits serve as a vital act in their upbringing: Not only do they offer an inside look inside the growth and development of your mini, but they also provide detailed synopsis of your maternal aptitude (or at least, that's how it feels). As with any pending report card, feelings of inadequacy are not entirely unjustified but judgment from your child’s pediatrician brings about a special kind of apprehension. You can handle your own self-doubt, but oh my god, when you get around your pediatrician, you need to feel like they feel like you're the world's best parent or else you're seriously going to start questioning yourself. After all, making Ds in algebra is rarely life-altering, but making Ds in parenting? Nope. Pretty much gonna need the baby doctor to think you're awesome.
As a former nurse, I've worked behind the scenes of many a pediatrician's office visit, and I know what it takes to be a beloved family. Because the truth is, most doctors and nurses are totally not judging how "good" or "bad" of a parent you are (which I'm sure you logically know). But if you want that feeling like everyone at your ped's office adores you? Well, there is a pretty specific battery of strategies you can employ to win that battle. I know firsthand how frustrating a parent’s absentmindedness can be, and how far it goes when parents totally have it together when they walk in. I know a doctor’s office can be intimidating and the influx of new information is sometimes overwhelming, but there are steps you can take to prepare for your child’s appointments that will make your healthcare provider want to hug your face and high five you all at the same time.