Spacing

siblings fightingI felt like I was in one of those contests to see how many folks can fit in a phone booth or VW bug.  I was trying to obtain the history of a sick 9 month old child.  In the background, the 3 year old sister was grabbing the 2 year old brother’s pacifier.  The five year old would wait to see whatever toy the 2 and 3 year old wanted so he could grab it and make them cry.  There seemed to be a lot of punching, eye gouging and ear biting going on (or was that the Mike Tyson fight?).  Eventually we got to the end of the bout…er… I mean visit and I was looking forward to escaping to a little quiet.  However the mom had one of those “by the way questions” that we all hate as I was edging toward the door.  “Doctor, we’re thinking about having another child but we are wondering what the best spacing between children should be.” To be honest, I didn’t know how to answer such a personal question with so many unknown variables.  However, as the 3 year old stomped on the 2 year old’s foot, I came up with the perfect reply: “About 10 feet.”

One Response to “Spacing”

  1. Norita June 23, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    Finding the humor in these absurd situations that actually constitute daily pediatric practice can go a long way – makes for effective informal therapy. Thank you!!!!

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