I don't have the kids that go through childhood without needing to see a doctor, ie pneumonia, bronchitis, sutures, asthma, etc. For that reason I am glad that I kept up with the well baby visits when the kids were little-the pedi. was a known figure to them, and very kind.
Two other reasons I am glad I have a relationship w/ the pedi. 1. My son has lung issues/asthma. His pedi. is well aware of how seriously we take this, and how good we are with hbis home treatment. A few times, when other doctors wanted to hospitilize him, my pedi was able to help us make a home plan instead, knowing and trusting our ability to care for him, and our judgement about when to seek help. I also felel like we speak the same language about treatment, options, goals, etc.
2. DD is getting old enough to want her own female Dr., and feels good and in control over who she would like to choose. She's had an excellent relationship w/ her pedi. so she knows what feels comfortable to her, and the type of Dr. she would like to choose for herself. I think that the fact that she had a good model as a young child for respectful care has encouraged her to seek this out for herself. She's young, but I am proud of her sense of what's right for her.