Un­leash­ing a child’s true po­ten­tial

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Parenting – Early Childhood Years -

ALL chil­dren as­pire to be­come doc­tors, pi­lots or per­haps, dancers – no star is too high to reach. But as they ma­ture into adults with their own chil­dren, they pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties to their off­springs, to be the best ver­sions of them­selves.

Help­ing them achieve their am­bi­tion is a par­ent’s pri­or­ity in an in­creas­ingly com­pet­i­tive world.

Dr Lashela Dhar­madass, 37, sup­ports her son’s in­ter­est in learn­ing lan­guages as he plans to be­come a doc­tor like her.

An aes­thetic, anti-age­ing and well­ness doc­tor in Kuala Lumpur, Dr Lashela said be­ing mul­ti­lin­gual is an as­set for a doc­tor in a coun­try like Malaysia, and helps to avoid mis­di­ag­nos­ing a pa­tient.

Her son, Pra­jesh Dar­ryan, prac­tises English, Ba­hasa Malaysia, Tamil and Malay­alam at home with the fam­ily while Dr Lashela said they also go through flash­cards and use a lan­guage app to hone his skills.

To fur­ther im­prove his em­ploy­a­bil­ity, she also sends him for Man­darin classes while he picks up French.

“He en­joys be­ing at the clinic and fol­lows me when I see pa­tients on Satur­days,” said Dr Lashela. She also tack­les gen­eral and med­i­cal ques­tions posed by her son when she does her med­i­cal read­ing.

For­mer na­tional shut­tler Wong Choong Hann’s two chil­dren, Kyra, 11, and Kay­den, nine, may not have con­crete am­bi­tions yet but both show an in­ter­est in rhyth­mic gym­nas­tics and bad­minton re­spec­tively.

Wong ad­vises the bud­ding ath­letes on the im­por­tance of diet, sleep and jug­gling school and train­ing sched­ules to be­come all rounders.

To help Kay­den im­prove in bad­minton, the 40-year-old shares tips from train­ing meth­ods to psy­cho­log­i­cal as­pects such as han­dling dis­ap­point­ments.

“I let his coaches han­dle his train­ing rou­tine be­cause he is more re­cep­tive to their ad­vice and tends to en­joy the ses­sion more,” he ex­plained.

His daugh­ter oc­ca­sion­ally has mood swings dur­ing train­ing when the go­ing gets tough, so Wong and his wife would mo­ti­vate and en­cour­age her.

He added, “When the hard work turns into good re­sults, they know it is worth it.”

For celebrity Maria Tunku Sabri and her hus­band, part of help­ing their kids reach their am­bi­tion in­volves sur­round­ing them with pos­i­tive peo­ple, namely fam­ily mem­bers who also have their chil­dren’s in­ter­est at heart and who pro­pel them to suc­ceed.

Her son, Am­reel Nuq­man, 19, plans to study law while she hopes her daugh­ter, Aleeya Nazneen, 11, would like to be­come a gy­nae­col­o­gist.

“Some of the fam­ily mem­bers from my hus­band’s side are lawyers and doc­tors, so we get our kids to mix around with them,” ex­plained the 47-year-old, adding that this has helped her son gain in­sights into chart­ing his ca­reer path.

On top of that, she en­cour­ages him to read books and at­tend ca­reer talks to widen his hori­zon.

Maria has also been sup­port­ing her chil­dren in their ca­reer choices since their child­hood, by en­cour­ag­ing them to watch pro­grammes re­lat­ing to law and medicine when they were younger.

She also buys them med­i­cal-re­lated toys to en­hance their knowl­edge.

With the right re­sources and sup­port, par­ents can help their chil­dren suc­ceed in life and their fu­ture pro­fes­sion.

By help­ing them de­velop their in­ter­ests and skills, chil­dren can be­come cham­pi­ons in their own right, re­gard­less of the field they choose.

This ar­ti­cle is brought to you by My Champion, a mo­bile app de­vel­oped by Champs vi­ta­mins to help chil­dren ex­plore and un­der­stand their am­bi­tions, test their knowl­edge and learn fun trivia about dif­fer­ent pro­fes­sions.

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■ For more in­for­ma­tion, look out for the ad­ver­tise­ment in this StarSpe­cial.

(From left) Maria with her daugh­ter Aleeya, hus­band Ahmed and son Am­reel.

Wong with his wife Leaw and their son Kay­den and daugh­ter Kyra.

Dr Dhar­madass (right) with her four-year-old son Pra­jesh.

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