author Emilie Leeks,

Our youngest (2 1/2 years at the time of writing), is generally quite a cheerful, easy-going little boy, but he has never really liked having his teeth brushed - some days are easier than others, and if he is distracted you can sometimes get in and do it without him really noticing. But we really wanted to tackle the root of the problem - even though we didn't have a clue what that was!

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author Emilie Leeks,

I didn't understand that everything I felt around that time was ok. I held to the prevailing beliefs of stiff upper lip, nobody died, what's all the fuss about. We didn't know that everything we were feeling was not only normal, but acceptable. That it was ok to feel like we weren't coping. Now I know so much better, and if there's one thing I hope someone might take from this story, it is that whatever birth you have, whatever the outcome, you deserve to be allowed to feel whatever it is that you need to.

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author Emilie Leeks,

All children are very likely to have to undergo some sort of unpleasant medical procedures in their young lives - some more challenging than others. This story describes our experience of getting our very sensitive youngest child through a set of injections at 4 years of age. We read up on ideas of what we could do to prepare him and tried different things out, and we also prepared ourselves for things being tough in the moment itself. Ultimately, he got through it very upset but listened to, and having been given enough time to reach a point where he himself could say he was ready.

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author Emilie Leeks,

It's so hard to see our children in pain - and sometimes our path to helping them to feel better must include actions which make them afraid, or might hurt them somewhat, in the short term. Children's (and adults') brains and bodies...

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author Emilie Leeks,

I'm sitting reading in the bedroom as our children drift off to sleep one by one. After a while, the youngest two children, 5 and 4,  are breathing deeply and comfortably - they won't be woken again now. But a little voice comes...

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