I work in the healthcare field, in the emergency room to be exact and as such and have had some interesting experiences/tales. Along the way from time to time I think I have seen or heard it all but something new always comes along!
Yesterday a mother brought her 3 year old child. She was called from her job by the daycare to have him evaluated by a medical professional. So we get the kid situated, gives him meds etc., the mom had not given him any meds prior to his visit.
Lots of parents bring their children in with a high fever and when we ask them, “did you give the baby some medicine?” they almost always answer, “no because I wanted to bring him so you can see that he had a fever.” Hmm ok!
So the kid get to feeling better and they were almost ready to go, his mom was not quite ready and he kept trying to open the room door to leave. The mom rebukes him and told him to sit in the chair, at this point the child begins to kick his mom in the shins and would not stop. She weakly tried to get him to stop but to no avail, even I tried to distract him but almost got hit myself, so I retreated back to my corner.
The mom quickly completed the last tasks and they exited.
Many times we have parents bring children that misbehave in the hospital setting, refusing to sit, are all over the floor, touching the garbage cans, equipment, etc. and if you ask them not to do oftentimes the parents become ‘miffed’.
So here is my question: what do you think about about the discipline or lack thereof in our time?