Again I held her close and began to count for her.  After she was all finished she smiled at the nurse and said, "Thank you for my immunization."  We chuckled.  The nurse handed her a lollypop and all was right with her world.


On the way home I asked her how she felt about the experience.  I wanted to know if it helped that I counted for her.  She said, "Yes, all that helped, but it made me more scared because you kept talking.  I didn't think I was ever going to get my lollypop!"


I think my excitement for her helped her undergo an unpleasant task, just as we can build excitement in our children so they can do their work with enjoyment.  It does help to occasionally bribe them with a lollypop too.


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