In a world where we would hope that our children would aspire to greatness, there are often many lesser categories where a child would find themselves calling their ‘hero’. Professional athletes and actors are in the forefront of all media right now. But the actions of these figures are often brought on strictly by personal success, rather than success of the whole; and greed is the name of these athletes’ game. It would be much wiser to encourage children to aspire towards their own personal successes, while at the same time encouraging growth in an eventual profession that will help others, and quite possibly even save them.
A firefighter is an all-American hero; seen in a positive light in virtually every circumstance. In a firefighter, there is a hero to be seen in the eyes of all children, they just need the opportunity to see it over the glaring lights of mainstream media. But that doesn’t mean you can’t give your children the tools necessary to have the opportunity to reach this goal. There are many opportunities out there which deserve consideration.
Even at a young age, it is quite simple to put the life of a firefighter into the hands of your child. Many toy manufacturers make fire trucks with fire fighters. The flashing lights and movable parts that go along with these toys make them a very appealing item for even the youngest child, and can plant a seed that will last through childhood.
Organizing a block party in your neighborhood and inviting a fire truck to come provide an ‘open house’ for those in attendance would be a great way to encourage the interest. Setting foot in a fire truck firsthand can provide your child with a memory that will last throughout childhood, and can provide the spark needed to start a career path.
During state and county fairs, you can almost always find exhibitions being put on by firefighters. Allowing your children to see these men and women in action would be a good start in sparking their interest.
Once a child is at an appropriate age, it could benefit them to enlist in a junior firefighter program. These programs (offered in many municipalities) offer simple education on the life and duties of a firefighter, while providing first hand interaction with these everyday heroes.
If the interest is still there when a child reaches young adulthood, there are a wealth of programs available in county departments to further provide the education and experience necessary to reach this goal. It is worth any parent’s time to immerse their child in an environment displaying a profession that saves lives and brings about hope in a world that could always seem to use a little more.