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To the Rochester mom whose kid was screaming bloody murder,

I wasn't trying to listen.  I promise!  But I was sitting at the other end of the dentist's office in the waiting area and I couldn't help but hear your little one having a hard time.  Ok, your child was having an absolutely horrible time at the dentist.  I'm not sure if this was the first visit, maybe there was a cavity that had to be taken care of, or maybe they were just scared to be in that very sterile place...not sure what was going on but I could tell by the screams that your little one did NOT want to be there.  Honestly, I don't blame your child one bit.  I would pay someone to go to the dentist for me if that was an option.

I wanted to let you know that I've been in your shoes.  My youngest had those same scream-filled moments too and possibly in that same room.  Going to the dentist with him was one of the hardest adventures I had as a mom.  It didn't matter if I bribed him with movies, candy, ice cream, toys, money - trust me, I tried it all - he screamed bloody murder too.  Our visit never brought anyone joy and it was one of the most exhausting tasks that I had to do with my little guy.

I know that I'm a stranger and my words don't mean much when you are in the midst of some embarrassment and hard moments like this as a parent...but if you are reading this, I want you to save this.  Keep it handy for that next moment in life that gets tough with your kiddo - whether that is your next visit to the dentist or something completely different.  Because, it does get better.  In fact, I can prove it.  I was at the dentist's office with my little guy while you were there with your little one.

I just wanted you to know that I understood all of the emotions that were probably rolling through your mind and heart in those tough moments.  I also wish that we weren't in this COVID world where giving hugs aren't taboo...because I definitely would have given you one.

From...a mom that understands and is always here virtually if you need to chat...or cry.  Life is tough and we all need a circle of people to help us out in these moments of life when we feel like screaming too.

Have you ever had a moment like this?  If you are needing a circle of people to help you through these moments, come find me on our app (just hit chat) or send me a message to my Facebook page (Jessica On The Radio) or DM me on Instagram.

Listen to Jessica Williams weekdays from 6 am until 10 am on Y105FM's Early Morning Show with James and Jessica.

...oh, and if you want a glimpse at my real-life, below are a few pics of what it is like to work from home with all of my kiddos distance learning by my side, 2 dogs always needing to go outside, and a husband that has been home for almost a year too.  #Enjoy

What it is Really Like to Work from Home with Kids