Why Do Well-Child Visits Make Me Feel Like a Bad Mom?

I dread well-check appointments. It’s not that anything is wrong with my kids, but those darn visits make me feel like an inadequate mother. But this year, I was prepared. The American Academy of Pediatrics has a list of questions that my doctor uses to judge the overall health and well-being of a child. They are good questions. Based on solid evidence of what’s harmful to kids. I’m all over it. No, I don’t keep a loaded gun around. No, I don’t feed my kids fast-food burgers three times a week. No, my kids don't watch hours of television. I’m really quite an all-star. Did you see that one answer I jotted down about the excellent reading skills and vocabulary? I hand the form over to the bubbly little nurse. Here ya go! Here’s to high percentiles and healthy habits!...more
Hah! I know I have been on the receiving end of hearing kids say some pretty funny stuff about ...more