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Don't Let Our Kids' Potential Get Lost in the Stampede

by Dr. Douglas Barton, M.D., Pediatrician 08/18/2008

I was trying to decide what to write about in my first post to this blog. Should it be medical or personal? Should I look at a disease or the ordinary day-to-day stuff? I was enjoying the Summer Olympics and thinking about a cooworker's newborn and my older kids when it hit me. One of the biggest reasons that parents parent, teachers teach and pediatricians doctor kids: potential.

The funny thing about the potential of our kids is that we don’t often think about it.  In the day-to-day hustle and bustle of life, it gets forgotten. We rush from one activity to another because that’s what we have to do. Our kids are making us crazy fighting with each other, asking us questions, getting into some other kind of trouble and we forget.  Deadlines, ill parents, preparing meals, vacations, life in general keeps us from stopping and thinking about what our kids will be in the future.

Take a moment as you watch the Olympics or watch your own kids to think about their potential. Fifteen to twenty years from now, that sweet or wild child could be representing your country at the Olympics, designing the newest video game, working out diplomacy with another country, figuring out how to solve our energy crisis, or discovering the cure for the latest avian flu.

That child may also be comforting a friend in need, making sure the gaskets in your engine are lined up just right, designing home interiors, reporting the latest news for a local paper, or just running a household.

You see, one of the biggest reasons parents, teachers and pediatricians take their jobs seriously is because they realize that these children will be taking over our responsibilities as we get older. Take a moment today, the next time your child is completely exasperating you, to remember that you are raising the future.


Dr. Douglas Barton is a board-certified pediatrician practicing in Lake Saint Louis and Warrenton.


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