Unleashing a child’s true potential
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.
Download it today and let your child explore this fun learning tool.
■ 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.