How to keep your two-year-old (and yourself) entertained while waiting in the exam room of the pediatrician’s office

1. Pack crayons and a coloring book in diaper bag/backpack.

2. Offer to color with your toddler.

3. Resign yourself to the fact that he is in charge of the crayons.

4. Which means he can, at his discretion, pull the crayon you’re using out of your hand.

5. Ask him politely for another color. Say “please.”

6. He’s really getting a kick out of this power trip. It’s a game now.

7. Make sure you don’t really give a flip how the picture turns out.

8. The joy is in the path, not the destination.

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12 Responses to How to keep your two-year-old (and yourself) entertained while waiting in the exam room of the pediatrician’s office

  1. I normally entertain a two-year-old by just asking the nurses for a couple of those really long swabs. It makes for great conversation when the same nurses find that they have to dig them out of nasal cavities fifteen minutes later.

  2. RzDrms says:

    i think that’s one of the most beautifully-colored little puppies i’ve ever seen! thanks for sharing it (and the funny story). go superboy!

  3. Bill says:

    Working together you’ve captured both the subtle fur-hues and pseudorandom pandimensional hyperkinetics of the elusive variegated catdog. Well done!

  4. CircusKelli says:

    YAY Mom! Good one!

    I hope he’s feeling much better soon.

  5. Danielle says:

    Yes, a catdog. That sounds about right. It doesn’t really look like a cat, but neither does it look like a dog. I guess that allows for greater freedom of interpretation.

    No wonder he wanted to color it all of the colors of the rainbow. 🙂

    I’m glad you shared the picture. It really added to the post and makes me smile.

  6. cat says:

    Oh, woman, I LOVE this! Now that my youngest is in 2nd grade (GASP!), I miss the days of coloring together, power trip and ALL. The joy IS in the path, not the destination. You go, Ladybug. You go!

  7. psumommy says:

    Hmmm…entertaining them in the waiting room…now that sounds like a fabulous idea!

    (LOVE the picture….awwww!)

  8. Squirl says:

    Looks like the entertaining went well. 🙂

  9. LadyBug says:

    That’s an…umm…interesting approach, undercovermutha. Hee. Deputy Dad likes to snag a couple of those black, plastic otoscope covers from the wall dispenser, and stick them in his nostrils. Good times.

    Thanks, RzDreams. You’re a sweetie.

    Hee, Bill! And I do see the catdog-nature of the creature now. I’m fairly certain it’s supposed to be a cat, but it does look a little ambiguous, doesn’t it?

    Thanks, CircusKelli. He’s fine; just allergies.

    Aww, thanks, Danielle. Here’s to making you smile. 🙂

    Thanks, Cat!

    Thanks, psumommy. And this was actually in the exam room, where we could spread everything out all over the table. I just “entertained” him with snacks in the waiting room. 🙂

    It did, indeed, Squirl. 🙂

  10. psumommy says:

    Ok, I swear I really am reading your posts, word for word…something just gets lost between the reading and the clicking of the ‘submit comment’ button.

    (And to add to my embarrassment, you even have a category named ‘Small Town Texas, USA’…)

  11. amy says:

    The joy is in the pup, too. Great colouring!

    I usually have something in my purse that can keep them entertained for five minutes or so. Then I start pulling out the credit cards and saying, which is your favorite?

  12. LadyBug says:

    Don’t sweat it, psumommy. Birthing and raising three kids has serious adverse effects on a woman’s mental health. BELIEVE ME, I know.

    Hee, Amy! “Pick a card, any card!”

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