What should a parent encourage their child to be? One terrific option is a police officer. Policemen and women provide a courageous and important service to the public. These are ten tips to encourage your child to become a police officer.
Tip One: Show them a real officer.
Let them meet a real police officer and see what a cool job it is. Let the officer describe the strengths and privileges of the job. Give them a terrific police officer role model to emulate. A child will have a great role model as well a push in the direction of becoming a policeman.
Tip Two: Emphasize public service.
Let your child volunteer and get the emotional rewards from serving others. Police officers serve the public as well and a child who knows how good it feels to give back to the community.
Tip Three: Use TV shows to motivate them.
Watch TV shows with the child to show them how the job is such an honor and allow them to see what police officers do every day. This will plant the seed in the child’s mind to want to become a police officer.
Make comments about how great it would be to become a police officer while watching the shows.
Tip Four: Allow them to dress up as a police officer.
Give them a costume and toys to create fond memories of playing police officer. Get them a cool costume that they will want to wear and show off to their friends. Provide other toys and create scenarios of what it is like to be a police officer.
Tip Five: Read books about police officers.
Check out some books from the libraries about police officers and all of the great contributions that they make to the community. Read them with the child and explain to the child how great a job that a police officer has. Allow them to read about and have lasting memories of reading about police officers later in life when they are making decisions about their careers.
Tip Six: Encourage them to be a leader at school.
Being a leader and learning the skills involved with being a police officer early is a great way to introduce them to the skills needed on the job. Later on you’ll be about to remind the child that they already have the skills to go into this career.
Tip Seven: Have the child learn the laws.
The child will be ahead of the game and will already know all of the rules that they will enforce. They will be more mindful of the laws and will keep a clean record which will help them become a police officer.
Tip Eight: Explain the rewards of being a police officer.
Explain all of the non-monetary gains from becoming a police officer. Mention any relatives that are or were police officers and describe the gratitude that the community has for police officers. Let them know how great job being a police officer is.
Tip Nine: Keep them physically fit.
The child will be a much better police officer if they are physically fit and healthy. Make sure that they know that they know that being a police officer is a physically demanding job that they need to be in shape for.
Tip Ten: Remind who they would be helping.
Make sure they know exactly who they would be making the world a safer place for. Friends and family members will be kept safe by their heroic actions.