Similar to other things we embrace in life, parenting is an experience that we think is under control until we realize we are only on our first lap.
Daniela is two years old and the latest teething has her in pain at another level.
No longer does the frozen carrot work neither is she as easy to distract. Once she is focused on something its a lot more difficult to move her attention onto something else.
Music Tames the Pain
Daniela is passionate about music and dance so a few days ago while she was complaining about the teething pain I quickly activated my Bluetooth speaker in the living room with some of Daniela’s favorite songs that make her dance.
In seconds Daniela was dancing to El Sapo with a funk and bomba rhythm.
This gave us enough time to get a few bites of dinner while she forgot about the pain and uncomfortable teething sensation.
Being the parent of only one toddler helps Lucy and I, identify what she enjoys most and helps out greatly in situations where they are uncomfortable.
The same way that I like to entertain myself with Gwen Stefani, Fela Kuti, Andrea Bocelli, and Bob Marley, I am sure your kids will have something that can put them in a pleasant state of mind to deal with uncomfortable situations.
Frozen Drink numbs the Gum
After dinner we walked to a frozen yogurt place where they make fruit smoothies where our daughter enjoyed a cold treat which numbed her gums enough to relieve some of the pain.
With Music and a cold frozen drink we where able to keep our daughter’s focus on something else besides the teething.
What approach do you take to help a child or toddlers distract themselves when they are in pain or uncomfortable situations?