It’s very common for parents to want their children to grow up to be doctors. Being a doctor is considered to be one of the best jobs in the world. Not only does it have a high salary, but it also is rewarding and challenging. Parents can encourage their children to become doctors in many different ways
Don’t Be Afraid of the Doctor
In order for a child to grow up to be a doctor, they must actually like doctors. If I child is afraid of going to the doctor and sees the doctor as a scary person then they will never want to be one. Make sure your child’s pediatrician is kind, gentle, and knows how to deal with frightened youngsters.
A curious child is one that wants to discover everything, including information about the human body. Spark your child’s curiosity by asking them questions. “Why do people have smaller ears then elephants?” “When you eat food where does it go?” “Why do people get taller?” These kind of questions will make your child curious about the human body. They will ask more questions and want to know the answers.
Encourage Scientific Learning
If your child become curious about something make sure they can find out about it. Scientific thinking involves having a question, making a guess about the answer, researching or experimenting, and determining what the answer really is. If the question is “Where does rain come from?” don’t just say “the sky”, actually help your child look for the answer. Go to a museum, read a book, or watch a video about rain.
Boys and girls learn the most when reading with parents. Pick out books about doctors and going to the doctors. Children will absorb this information like a sponge. Once they are old enough to read on their own, buy them lots of books about doctors.
Buy your son or daughter a doctor kit and engage in some good of fashioned make believe. Take turns with your child being the patient and the doctor. Make other family members and even the stuffed animals the patients. Pretend to put on bandages, give shots, take temperatures, and use a pretend stethoscope.
Start your child off with good eating habits. Plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean meats. Avoid excessive fats, carbs and sweets. Soda and juice are loaded with sugar so give your child water or milk. Make sleep a top priority with set bedtimes or lights out times. Aim for at least 8 hours of quality, undisturbed sleep each night Have a high standard of personal hygiene and cleanliness. Most importantly make sure your son or daughter is active everyday. Limit TV and computer time in favor of sports, games, and other forms of fun exercise. A healthy lifestyle means overall respect of health.
It’s no secret that doctors take an oath to protect and heal with high ethical standards. Make sure your kids know the difference between right and wrong at an early age. Just because you can do something and get away with it doesn’t mean that it’s the right thing to do. Build moral values within the entire family. Reward children for being honest and doing the right thing.
Encourage Hard Work
Everyone knows that becoming a doctor take a lot of hard work (and a little luck). Teach your child the value of hard work. Don’t just hand them an allowance or a teat, make them do chores to earn it. Helping around the house teaches hard work, and responsibility. Hard work also applies to the classroom no matter what grade a child is in. Encourage (and reward) good grades.
Set a Good Example
Parents have the most influence over young children so be a good role model. Be honest, fair, sensitive, and caring. Work hard, don’t complain, and treat others with respect. If you do it, chances are they will follow your lead.
Encourage Other Interests
If you push the field of medicine too hard, chances are your son or daughter will retaliate. Encourage outside interest beside medicine and health. Music, books, art, sports and other hobbies will keep your child well rounded (not to mention happy).
While there is no guarantee that your son or daughter has the talent, drive, or even the full desire to become a doctor you can still pave the way for them. Even if they never become a doctor, by doing these things you are helping your child to become more intelligent, well rounded, and independent.