The key to conquering childhood phobia's is distractions

United States
December 8, 2012 4:44pm CST
I am so very well pleased with the outcome of my little expirement. My 3 year old little girls loves to play in the water but hates having her hair wash. She will get so out of control screaming,kicking and crying and everything and because of my medical issues(physical) I am always scared something will happen that I wont be able to stop her and she will fall in the tub and get hurt. So my husband has always given her baths and then I finish helping her get dressed. Well as most of you know by now my husband recently went back to work he doesnt get home till 8:30 or 9 leaving me to deal with getting her bath. I've been so worried about it but I've managed to do it with the major meltdown and every night I just cry and so worried thinking one night something will happened and she's gonna get hurt. So tonight something sparked in me it went back to when I was teaching preschool and what we did to distract the ones who would cry every morning and I thought yes why did this come to me sooner. Try distracting her. She loves playing wit her barbies and baby dolls in the bathtub. So tonight went as usual but this time I didnt say nothing about washing her hair. But instead I said to her you know what nono ( her nickname, cause her name is noel) barbie's hair looks dirty and she said yeah then I said do you want to wash barbie's hair and when were done we will comb and make it pretty for bed and she was all for that. so while she was distracted washing barbies hair HA!! success I safely and calmly got her hair washed. She was having so much fun with barbie she didnt even realize what happened. Im so happy and as promised after I got her dressed and ready for bed we did barbie's hair. LOL. I am so happy and I can't wait till to tell my husband when he gets home.
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@deazil (4556)
• United States
9 Dec 12
That was absolutely great! You must be soooo happy! I liked this so much I read it twice. And it's so simple but I wonder how many people would have thought of it. You should be proud of yourself. A screaming kid in the tub is really hard to deal with. All slippery and squirming and screaming - anything can happen and having a medical issue makes it even harder to deal with. You did great! Thanks for sharing this happy ending story. :-)
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• United States
9 Dec 12
Thank you deazil yes I am very happy now I know what to do to keep both her and I safe during bath and make it a fun time for her.
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@deazil (4556)
• United States
9 Dec 12
She will have the cleanest Barbie dolls in town!
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• Thailand
10 Dec 12
hmm... Miss Deazil, do you have Barbie Dolls?
@Mavic123456 (9704)
• Thailand
9 Dec 12
So nice of you to share this simple and yet effective technique. wow very creative. that's what play can do to children... Very good job. now you know what to do every time you need to wash her hair. LOL, poor barbie, she has to wash her hair every day too. hihihih
• United States
9 Dec 12
Thanks Mavic I was so happy that it work yes, indeed poor barbie lol and she has more than one and unfortunaley she think they all need to be wash lol but hey what ever works to get the job done safely and calmly.
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• Thailand
10 Dec 12
Oh yes, and eventually she will learn that washing hair is not bad at all. whew.. such effort... I could imagine. you are now relieved. finaaaaaaaally.