Wednesday, May 30, 2007

How much do you think medical school is anyway?



This is just a wee little post mostly for some shameless promotion of cuteness. We bought this doctors costume recently and my check-ups have increased dramatically. The glasses are part of the doctors kit we got long ago, actually we have two doctors kits worth of instruments that currently reside in a large Ziploc bag, the doctors bag in shreds from over-use.




I seldom wonder what my girls will be when they grow up, I am not sure why. Sometimes I think it is because I am still busy wondering what I am going to be when I grow up. My sister-in-law has two kids in university one is studying kinesiology in the hopes of becoming a therapist of one kind or another and the other hopes to become a pharmacist. She is extremely proud of both of them of course, but has been known to joke about maybe one of them becoming a doctor. I wonder would I be prouder of a doctor versus a pharmacist? I doubt it, but having never been there maybe at some point it will matter to me. Right now I would be happy if Rosebud learns her letters before Kindergarten and starts pooping in the potty more often (we are on day 6 currently of no action) these are my lofty goals at the moment.

I do see little glimpses of how easy it can be to want more for your kids, to want them to strive higher and higher. When Papoosie Girl learned to read at age 4 I was thrilled, a prodigy this child is! Once the excitement wore off a bit I was just to happy to sharing one of my passions, essential to life pursuits with my daughter. It meant so much to me and still does. Rosebud however, is very different and at three and a half can only write two letters. At this age Papoosie Girl was already in JK and could write all the letters, numbers to 10 and her name. I try not to compare, but it is really hard. Rosebud (in my opinion) should be able to write her name before she starts school, but she has very little interest in sitting at the table to practice no matter how fun I make it. Papoosie Girl was always keen and determined to master tasks and made teaching her a breeze.

I have several friends whose little monkey's started school without being able to write their names, but I must admit I am working hard to make sure that is not the case for Rosebud. I hate the idea of her being behind before she starts, although I hope that doesn't sound as bad as all that. I just want her to enjoy JK and not be struggling with something I know she is not crazy about.

Well this started out as a post of some cute pics and here goes my hamster on a wheel brain again. I have no idea how much medical school costs and to be honest I don't really want to know all that much. I need to focus on the here and now, "Come here Rosebud, can you spell scholarship for Mommy?"

10 comments:

Christine said...

Very cute doctor! And we all know that we shouldn't compare kids, but we do it anyway. Don't feel bad. As long as we do our best not to let those little comparisons influence how we treat them, then i think it is all just normal.

Haley-O said...

Sooooo adorable!!! And, you're doing everything right -- so don't second guess, kay? Comparing is so natural. It's, like, human. :) But, each kid is different, and I believe in respecting that -- and not putting too much pressure on them to do stuff they're not ready or willing to do (at least not now). That's just my philosophy. Every mom's different, too. :)

Omaha Mama said...

Oooo, I don't know how it goes in Canada. But it already seems competitive in Nebraska. And I feel like so far I've refused to play. Except that I'm determined to teach my little girl to read this summer (she'll be 4 in July). So how's that for not competitive? And we expect ours to go to a 4-year institution. That's 14 years away! It's odd, isn't it?

Beck said...

I don't have to worry about medical school because my older two kids have already announced that they're both going to be artists, like Daddy. Art school is cheaper than medical school, ya know.
Second kids are generally more relaxed than firstborn kids - I think firstborns almost always learn to read and write faster.

NotSoSage said...

Oh, this hits a little too close to home for me because I have been and will always be a big disappointment to my parents for not having become a doctor. It's silly, and I know it and it doesn't bother me, but it did for a long time. I still get asked about why I don't "just become a doctor." I think wanting the best for your kid is natural but it depends on what you mean by "best". Wanting them to be happy, to have a stable lifestyle if they want it, to feel challenged in their profession, these are all good things, but slotting them into a profession, even in jest, can make kids feel like they never measure up.

Mimi said...

Yes, yes, cute -- the glasses are what do it, I think :-)

It's hard not to want more for our kids, and especially hard, I guess, not to compare them. I think Papoosie Girl and Rosebud are a lot like my sister and I--I was the school dork and she was more kinetic. But she still graduated high school on the honour roll, and then university, so it all evened out. Reading at four is really good -- definitely not everyone does that.

Mad Hatter said...

Love the specs. If I were you I'd shift the fears just a wee bit b/c you're gonna need a double whammy RESP. Our single one is all but killin' us.

Oh, The Joys said...

So cute! Hooray for shameless cuteness and accidental thinking.

bubandpie said...

Have you been tagged yet for the BlogRhet meme? If not - you are now. :)

Jenifer said...

Mad-Both girls have RESP's - they are worth more than us currently...