By: Krystle Crossman
As a pediatrician, Dr. Lawrence Rosen sees children every day. He sees their mannerisms, their strengths, and their weaknesses. He states that every year at the end of the year he thinks about the children that he sees and thinks about the things that he wishes that they knew. Here is a list of some of the things that he wishes that parents would teach their children more often:
1. You are different and that is okay. Teach your child to embrace what is different about them and not to hide it. Everyone is unique in their own way and if we were all to keep our differences hidden the world would be a much less interesting place. Teach them to embrace the differences of others as well no matter what they may be.
2. There is no shame in failing. Being able to go out and do something new without the fear of failing is how you become successful in life. Failures are nothing more than teaching moments and opportunities to make changes. Give your kids the courage to fail from time to time. It will help them to grow stronger and develop better problem-solving skills.
3. Stress is everywhere. There is not a day that is going to go by when you aren’t surrounded by at least a small amount of stress. All you can do is teach your children that while they may not be able to get rid of the stress there are many healthy ways that they can deal with it.
4. Treat the Earth and its animals well. Teach them about recycling, littering, and treating animals and plants with respect. The planet needs our help to remain a safe place and the future generations are going to play a big part.
5. Be creative and think outside the box. Not everything in life has to be the way that society deems it to be. Teach your children to explore the creativity within them. This is how new inventions are born every day.
6. You don’t need fancy medications to heal yourself. There are illnesses such as the common cold that will go away on their own with a little nurturing and rest. Your body has healing powers but if you mask that with medication you will never be able to see just how little you need to do for common illnesses.
7. No matter what we look like or where we come from we are still more alike than different. Every person has thoughts, feelings, and wishes. Teach your children that they are more like others than they may think. Teach them about racism and prejudice and teach them how to stay away from it.