Why I Chose Children

The following video has to be watched on YouTube. You should definitely watch it though. It's a must! Just make sure you come back to read the article.

Introducing my Point! Enjoy!

Why DID I choose children?

I know after watching that video some of you must be wondering how in the world that supports my title Why I Chose Children. It's simple. I chose children because, despite the havoc they potentially create everywhere they go, despite the potential destruction they inflict on everything they touch, I tend to focus on their good aspects. I mean, I see the bad stuff kids do. They cry, they complain, they break things, they throw tantrums, they... cry. Oh, and did I mention they cry? Despite all that, I would rather befriend a child any day.

Now don't get me wrong, I have nothing against adults (though adolescents annoy me--and I'm a teen myself). I just chose children.

By now you must be wondering: what is she taking about "choosing children?" Why am I choosing? What's choice got to do with anything? Allow me to explain.

Notice: I may refer to children as "mine". Just keep in mind that I'm not a mother. Just a reminder. Also, the age group I'm referring to is 0 - 8-ish. Anyway, proceed--

Pediatrician (Google Images)
Pediatrician (Google Images)

What I want to be "when I grow up"

I decided at at very young age that I was going to be a doctor. No one put the thought in my mind yet for as long as I can remember, I've had my heart set on becoming a doctor. When people asked me what kind of doctor I wanted to be I usually said that I wanted to take care of children. Of course kids change their career choices more often than they change their clothes, but I've always stuck to doctor.

Along the way I've added occupations to my future M.D. I've wanted to be a singing-doctor, a piano-playing doctor, a dancing-doctor, a writing-novels-doctor... You name it. I even wanted to be a hair-dresser-doctor and I was no good at doing people's hair. Now that brings me to one of my points about children--their overestimation... but I'll get to that later. I digress, sorry... Moving along...

There were other combinations of what kind of doctor I wanted to be. There was an animal doctor, a dog doctor, an exotic animal doctor, a baby doctor. Then I began learning new words and I wanted to be a pediatrician, an obstetrician, a veterinarian and a neonatologist. For years I toggled between vet and pediatrician. Vet--pediatrician, vet--pediatrician, vet... psychologist. Huh?

Yes, psychologist. Now, yes I'm aware that a psychologist is not a doctor. Not an M.D. at least. More like a doctor of philosophy. In middle school I discovered that I had to dissect a cadaver in medical school. My perfect picture of my future doctor self fell off a shelf somewhere in my mind. I have no idea where psychologist came from. It just popped into my mind one day. I have no idea how. Then I was toggling between child psychologist and music therapist.

For my entire middle school career I was focused on child psychologist and every now and then, music therapist. Then came high school and all of a sudden... pop! I'm going to be a child psychiatrist. No, a neonatologist. No, a pediatrician... obstetrician? *Sigh*.

Still, as you may have noticed, children were always involved in my future plan. I knew somehow I'll be working with children, their psychiatric and mental issues, their birth or their issues after birth. My equation was usually "me + insert career here = children". Yet, teacher never crossed my mind. Never. Strange...

I've Been Through the Fire

For years I've labeled myself "The Master Babysitter." I know I'm not the best babysitter in the world but I'm a good one because I genuinely care about each and every child I look after. I've been babysitting since I was 11 years old. At that age I rapidly built up a tolerance for the screaming, the tantruming, the complaining, the tears, the soiled diapers, the upchucked milk, the colic, everything.

The youngest baby I've taken care of was 5 weeks old. Yeah, 5 WEEKS. Right now she's 4 years old so I'm pretty much a professional now. Don't you think? I've had the honor to watch this beautiful, dependent baby girl grow into a want-to-be-independent, precocious toddler. I've been through the almost neurotic mood swings of her her terrible twos and terrible threes. I was there in her inconsolable moments when she cried for hours straight. I've even put up with her physical abuse (because they do get abusive when they're angry).

I've survived her irritability when she was teething, tended to her fever during the night, and soothed her when she was coughing so much that she couldn't breathe. I've been vomited on, defecated on, urinated on... Okay, I'll stop there because I'm getting graphic.

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Google Images

What's the Point?

The point I'm trying to prove to you is, I'm not just a teenager who sees these cute little minature people as, well... minature people. I don't see them as toys to be played with and returned to their parents. I'm not ignorant in this area. Not at all. I know all the bad stuff.

Many times, when I'm babysitting my 4-year-old and I'm around older children, the older children want to take her home. They want to play with her some more. They ask her to go home with them and she says yes but I know that once Ms. I'm Independent gets sleepy, she's going to want me. As a matter of fact, I've seen it. The older kids were shocked one day when someone said something to upset Missy and she started bawling, boohooing. They couldn't calm her down. As soon as I came back into the room, Baby Girl ran to me and hugged me tightly, wetting me with her tears and snot and saliva. She was sleepy. That's all.

I'm very well aware of the good, the bad and the ugly. I've taken care of newborns and infants, toddlers and older children alike overnight. I've taken care of an infant and a toddler at the same time for a week straight once. Yes, a week straight. That's 168 hours in a row! I've learned that children are NOT angels. And I say that fondly.

Kids Say the Darndest Things

For the Hub's sake I'm going to call my 4-year-old "Missy". For those who's aware with the Geico commercials, here's a scenario I think you'll enjoy.

Me: "Hey, Missy. What's that?"

Missy: "That the money you can save with gotta go."

Me: "What?"

Missy: "That's the money you can save with GOTTA GO!"

Me: "Gotta go? No, you mean Geico, don't you?"

Missy looks at me as though I have a dozen heads. 

Missy, mater of factly: "NO! I said GOT-TA GO!" 


That scenario demonstrates how children use the words they know. Geico didn't make sense to Missy because it's not a word she knows. However, she knows the phrase "gotta go". 

When she was one, she used to say "You're welc," after I said thank you. Can I have something to eat used to be one word: "Peassss." 

Oh, how about my two-year-old twin's favorite book: "Coo-was George go yai-beh-we". That is Curious George Goes to the Library. Or the repeated instruction to "ton yeft, not white." 

Actress China Anderson (I didn't want to use any pictures of "my children"
Actress China Anderson (I didn't want to use any pictures of "my children"
Actor Dylan/Cole Sprouse in "Big Daddy"
Actor Dylan/Cole Sprouse in "Big Daddy"

11 Things I like About Children

1) First of all, they're cute. Even if a baby is not cute, they usually appear cute, don't they? It doesn't make any sense. Yet, we as humans can look at a not so good looking baby and say "aww". Maybe it's the size. Sadly we don't stay cute (hee hee).

2) They're loving. Children are huggers and kissers. They can't go through the day without hugging their loved ones. Even if the best grip they can get is around the person's legs, they find away to give a hug. Oh, and let's not forget the big, wet kisses. Children's love is always unconditional; Adults can love conditionally.

3) They're genuine. Children are naturally good. I may be contradicting original sin and such but let's not get that deep. Children's goal, no matter how bad they may seem, is usually to be good. They want to be good, not because they know it's right, but because it would make the ones they love happy. Adults are deceptive.

4) They're forgiving. To put it bluntly, you can punish a child (even slap them on the behind) and they would give you a hug in return. That always baffles me. They tend to turn to the punisher for comfort. Adults hold grudges.

5) They're present-oriented. Children don't care about your past hang-ups. As long as mommy, daddy, sister, brother, cousin, whoever is there for them now and is doing a good job, that's good enough for them. Adults tend to bring up past events.

6) The gramatical mistakes they make: "Daddy goed to the store." "I drawed a picture for you." Well... adults make grammatical mistakes too but it's not so cute then, is it?

7) They overestimate their skills. Children think they can be superman, a doctor, a lawyer, a fireman, a banker and a movie star all at once. Adults underestimate themselves.

8) The way they pronounce words. Many children have a lisp or they can't say "L's" or "R's". "I'm thowy I howt you, thister." Think Michelle Tanner from the sitcom Full House. In adults, pronunciation issues are issues.

9) Their positivity. There's always a silver lining with children. They carry around their own rainbows in case there's a storm. Adults teach kids pessimism.

10) Their egocentrism. In the case of young children, this term doesn't imply vanity. It refers to children's inability to differentiate themselves from others. They think that what they see, what they think, their experiences are everyone else's. Take for example this phone conversation between Missy and her mom.

Mom (over the phone): Hi, Missy. Is that you?

Missy nods

Mom: Missy, are you there?

Missy nods again.

Mom: Missy?

Missy: Yes, mommy?"

Mom: Are you okay?

Missy nods.


Finally...

11) Childhood is a temporary stage. Childhood is special time. I love children because childhood is a time to savor. It's a time to learn, to have fun, to laugh, to cry. Children truly are special. They are the future. They're the innocence of this world. The hope of this world. Children are the best! 

On Last Point

ENOUGH SAID... POINT MADE. :)

I look forward to your comments.

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Polly C 6 years ago from UK

Great hub. You obviously know a lot about children - maybe more than some first time mothers! The fact that you care so much about children comes across in your writing and I'm sure you will make a great child psychologist (and mother) one day. Clearly you are quite mature for a young person.

The part about 'what children say' made me think of my son whne he was about three or so- in the UK we have a magazine raising money for homeless people called 'The Big Issue'. Basically, people in unstable housing, or without a home, sell it on the street, calling 'Big Issue' as people walk by. My son, when he was with me, used to say 'Mummy, why is that person asking if you want a big tissue?'

It was so funny, it still makes me laugh today and he is ten this week.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

"A big tissue." That is so adorable! See, that's why I like children. Point made again! haha.

Yes, I really do care about children. I hope I WILL make a good child psychiatrist and mother one day. Thank you so much. I appreciate your comment.


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marvalousnj 6 years ago from Central Jersey USA

Very enjoyable reading. Children are so precious and when someone young as you are feel the way you do, then I know that there is hope for the future generation. Thanks for taking me back to my own experience with my child! Keep on writing!!


Alexandria 6 years ago

Very good hub! This is something I can relate to since I want to be a child psychologist. I love reading about this stuff. Children are quite intriguing, indeed. You're right, children do have plans and think about the future. Ever since I can remember, I knew I wanted to be a child psychologist and that has not changed. You're a great writer! :)


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

That you marvalousnj. I'm happy I was able to take you back to your own experience with your child.

Alexandria, I guess we're sort of on the same track. Thanks for reading. I'm glad you enjoyed it.


donnacuz 6 years ago

You are a wonderful patient person cuz, and I don't think you should "x" out childrens book writer/ writer/ Child Psychiatrist just yet luv:)


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Thanks cuz. Don't worry child psychiatrist is my aim. I'm haven't crossed out writer yet. Thanks for commenting.


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Angela Harris 6 years ago from Around the USA

Enjoyed reading this. I wanted to be a psychiatrist, but I turned out being a mom instead. I'm not complaining! Kids- they drive me crazy, but I couldn't live without them!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

I'm glad you enjoyed reading this, Angela. I agree. Kids drive me crazy too but I can't live without them either.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Any children you ultimately babysit or work with as a professional will be happy they chose you. Excellent, well-written hub of the way you chose your future profession. I wish you the best.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Thank you, drbj. I hope the children feel the same way. :)


Cara Moffat 6 years ago

I am so glad you chose to be a Psychologist! You will be very successful! I have a son with mild Aspergers who is a very cool mystery to unravel and a son with ADHD. They were created perfectly by God. It is our job as parents and doctors to find the best approach to access their unique gifts.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hi, Cara. Glad you stopped by! Yes, child psychiatrist is my final verdict. I like the way you put that you son is "a very cool mystery to unravel". And amen to them being created perfectly by god. Thanks for commenting!


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silverfoxygirl108 6 years ago

I loved your hub and I respect you even more than I did. :) Children are the next generation and if we don't teach them, who will? Amazing article!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Thank you silverfoxygirl for your respect and your kind comment! I'm glad you stopped by! :)


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Angela_1973 6 years ago

I would have hired you as a babysitter (I hate this word) if you lived close by. A child psychologist will be the profession of the future since nowadays children grow up in our insane, competitive world and will have so many issues. Do you know that the average wait to get in with a good child psychologist is between 3-6 months? Excellent hub!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hello, Angela. I would've loved to babysit for you! No, I didn't know about the average wait for a child psychologist. That's so sad. Thanks for sharing and commenting!


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Aaaawh, what a lovely Hub. The photo of China is cute. I particularly enjoyed reading what you liked about Kids.

These days, my friends daughter - about 5, starts most of her Sentences with "At the end of the day,.....". It makes me laugh, her mum said it's what she hears on TV.

Great Hub. :)


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hi Lady E. The photo of China IS cute isn't she? I love it. You're friends daughter sounds cute as well. At the end of the day... that's funny. Thanks for commenting!


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Pratonix 6 years ago from Asia

Kimberly, this is top-class writing. I get the feeling that you've had some of your articles printed in magazines and journals.

You have a sincere, warm, loving personality. Bless you!

PS. I love children, too. And you haven't seen the rest of my grandson's pics!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

Kimberly - I thoroughly enjoyed every word of this and the video is adorabe. What a great little performer! (could it be anyone we know?)

Children are truly the hope of the future and being loved and encouraged by good grownups who nurture all their best traits is an essential part of it.

Another funny trait is their ability to draw a wrong conclusion about an ordinary thing which others may not even be aware they have drawn. I remember some of my own!

Also I found out somehow when my son became a teenager that he always thought meatloaf was an especially flavourful, tender cut of meat! This was a very bright kid, too! All that time before when he was enjoying it, I thought he was appreciating my ability to make it so delicious. All the time, he was giving the cow the credit! hahaha. I figured, though, that the wife he would someday marry would have a big advantage in the budget department. I should ask her about that.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Pratonix, thank you! Actually, the last time I had my work published in a journal was when I was 8. It was for the 4th grade school journal.

As for your grandson's pictures, I would love to see more. He's just so adorable! :) Thanks for commenting!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hello Nellieanna,

I'm glad you enjoyed reading my Hub. That video is adorable, isn't it? I just had to add it. I couldn't resist.

That bit about your son and the meatloaf is too funny. So you got no credit, eh. Haha. You should definitely ask his wife about her budget advantage. :D

Thanks for the fun comment!


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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Enjoyed. How's this one: "Jeat? nojew?" Did you eat? No. Did You? Keep them coming!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Oh that's so cute, Dallas! Haha. Thanks for sharing that one. I'm glad you enjoyed my Hub. It was fun writing it!


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cbris52 6 years ago

I love your writing style...and did you mention that kids cry? Great ambition to become a doctor... keep up the great work!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Haha, Thanks, cbris! I appreciate it!


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gr82bme 6 years ago from USA

Great hub! Children need to be left to being children. They are growing up too fast these days. Also, I am sick of teachers, parents and doctors thinking a child needs to be put on drugs just because they are very active. They tried to do it to my son. I took him to a real good MD. and he said my son did not need to be put on anything! He would have been labeled for life.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hello gr82beme! You're so right about kids growing up to fast and about the whole medication thing. It's horrible isn't it?

Thanks for commenting!


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CMCastro 6 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

I believe you are going to be a great Mom someday. I have know young women to be afraid of babies. It all comes from the mothering you received as a child. I wish you all the best when you become the professional you want to be and when God blesses you with your very own baby.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

AWW, thank you so much, CM! I hope I will be a good mom someday! Thanks again!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

I love children too kaltopsyd, we have the same interest and thanks for this one, Maita


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

It sure looks like it, Maita! Thanks! :)


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Kavita Trivedi 6 years ago from London

I like your take on this. For me, those maternal instincts haven't kicked in yet, but who knows what the future holds?


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Yes, who knows what the future holds. :) Thanks for the comment, Kavita!!!


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sunkentreasure 5 years ago

PRECIOUS CHILDREN By BERNARD LEVINE

Bless your children with the power of prayer

Celebrate their uniqueness

Feed them encouragement and inspiration

and let them feel they are greatly loved.

Teach your children the beauty of kindness

Enrich them with the wonders of nature

Fill their hearts with joyful melody

and always be their friend.

Clothe your children in goodness

Make their world full of nice surprises

Help them to follow their dreams

and thank God they came into your life.

© Bernard Levine


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kaltopsyd 4 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Beautiful words. Thank you for the comment, sunkentreasure :)

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