He is wonderful with children and I have been very impressed with his bedside manner. My daughter has been seeing him for almost 4 yrs (she is 81/2 now) and she has never been afraid of him. She did not like the eye drops when she was 5 yrs old, but that is normal. Even better he has Disney movies playing on DVD's in the exam rooms in case there is a delay it keeps the children from becoming too restless. If anyone has had a bad experience I would have to say that has not been our experience at all. My daughter loves him!!!