At their next checkup, keep kids distracted with this simple trick: Pack a small bag with coloured pencils, crayons and stickers—but don't bother with a colouring book. The paper that covers the exam table is the perfect canvas for little artists. If your child is less interested in solo colouring, try playing hangman or tic-tac-toe.
A version of this article appeared in our September 2016 issue with the headline “How to get through a wait at the doctor's office,” p. 34.
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