Semantics – in consideration of medical advice

At a recent doctor’s appointment, our pediatrician was rolling through some general healthy habits for five-year old kids. She was talking through recommendations about stuff like exercise, screen time, eating vegetables, drinking a glass of water with every meal and snack, and, hmmm, hey doctor? Any thoughts on the benefits of wearing a pair of pants from time to time? Just asking. No reason.

The doctor and I chatted, and try as I might, I couldn’t get Thomas to engage with her questions. He had better things to do, like practice crossing his eyes and seeing how hard he could kick the exam table before someone stopped him.

But apparently he was  paying attention, because when we were back in the van and pulling out of the parking lot, he sheepishly asked me from the backseat, “Mom? How much is a blast of water?”



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