Yesterday my cheek blew up from an infection in my root canal. After an emergency visit to the dentist for medication, I returned home to my son saying “Mommy you look like a chipmunk. Your cheek is huge!” Not only am I eating mush, but now I look like a chipmunk. I haven’t been called chipmunk since I had my wisdom teeth removed at 15. Does this mean I will be getting my teenage skin back too?
Yesterday I walked through my fear of dentists to have a root canal. Fortunately, the dentist was very good and made the procedure as painless as possible. Using this as a teaching moment, I told my son not to be afraid of dentists. And, I emphasized that if I hadn’t eaten candy as a kid, I wouldn’t have needed the root canal. So, far he is staying away from the candy. We’ll see how long that lasts. What fear have you walked through lately?
As a Mom, I don’t want to scare my son with my fear. I must have a root canal today and I am afraid of the pain. We’ll let this be our secret. Pretending like going to the dentist is no big deal, will be difficult today. But, I don’t want him to be afraid of the dentist. Some days being a Mom is more challenging than others. How do you keep your fear from effecting your children?