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Kids Confide in This Pediatrician: 'No One Loves Me Like Mommy Does'Don't underestimate your child's understanding of the world. Listen and hear what they have to say.by Rachel Perez .
We know what our kids need, but we don't often know what they want. We think it's the latest toy or gadget, especially when we see the joy in their faces when they receive it. But the fact that YOU thought about giving it to him, making sure that he has this gift on his birthday or Christmas, has the biggest impact.
That's what Dr. Alastair McAlpine, a pediatrician from Cape Town, South Africa now based in British Columbia Children's Hospital, discovered. The doctor, who specializes in pediatric infectious diseases as well as palliative care for kids who suffer from chronic and fatal illnesses, wanted to know what kids wanted to do more in their life had they been given more time to live.
"Kids can be so wise, you know," he shared via Twitter.
The doctor asked his patients two things: what they had enjoyed in life and what gave their life meaning.
For an assignment, I asked some of my terminal paediatric palliative care patients what they had enjoyed in life, and what gave it meaning. Kids can be so wise, y'know. Here are some of the responses (Thread).ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Pets make people happy
'I love Rufus, his funny bark makes me laugh.'
'I love when Ginny snuggles up to me at night and purrs'
'I was happiest riding Jake on the beach.'
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'I love Rufus, his funny bark makes me laugh,'" Dr. McAlpine shared one of the kids' responses.
Apart from their furry little friends, "many [kids] mentioned their parents, often expressing worry or concern" he added. "Hope mum will be ok. She seems sad," and "God will take care of my mum and dad when I'm gone," perfectly describes their love for their moms and ads.
Kids love stories and ice cream!
All of them loved books or being told stories especially if the storyteller is a parent.
'Harry Potter made me feel brave.'
'I love stories in space!'
'I want to be a great detective like Sherlock Holmes when I'm better!'
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Why they enjoyed ice cream is self-explanatory. Some of the activities the kids loved like swimming did not involve watching TV or being on social media.
Kids want parents to worry less about stuff that didn't matter
Many wished they spent less time worring about what others thought of them. They valued people who treated them "normally."
'My real friends didn't care when my hair fell out.'— Alastair McAlpine (@AlastairMcA30) February 1, 2018
'Jane came to visit after the surgery and didn't even notice the scar!' /6
They treasured people who did not mind their surgery scars or their hair fall. They wished people didn't make a big deal about their changing physical appearance.
Kids want everyone to be kind and to laugh more!
The kids valued kindness above all virtues.
'My granny is so kind to me. She always makes me smile.'
'Jonny gave me half his sandwich when I didn't eat mine. That was nice.'
'I like it when that kind nurse is here. She's gentle. And it hurts less' /8ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Almost ALL of them loved people who made them laugh:— Alastair McAlpine (@AlastairMcA30) February 1, 2018
'That magician is so silly! His pants fell down and I couldn't stop laughing!'
'My daddy pulls funny faces which I just love!'
'The boy in the next bed farted! Hahaha!'
Laughter relieves pain. /9
Dr. McAlpine explained that laughter almost often relieve the physical pain these kids receive.
Kids want to spend more time with family
The kids valued time with their family — and nothing was more important.
'Mum and dad are the best!'
'My sister always hugs me tight'
'No one loves me like mummy loves me!' /11
— Alastair McAlpine (@AlastairMcA30) February 1, 2018
MANY mentioned their parents, often expressing worry or concern:— Alastair McAlpine (@AlastairMcA30) February 1, 2018
'Hope mum will be ok. She seems sad.'
'Dad mustn't worry. He'll see me again soon.'
'God will take care of my mum and dad when I'm gone'
"Mum and dad are the best! or "My sister always hugs me tight!" and "No one loves me like mummy loves me," are what some of the kids said.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Dr. McAlpine summarized it all for everybody to understand. "Be kind. Read more books. Spend time with your family. Crack jokes. Go to the beach. Hug your dog. Tell that special person you love them," he wrote. "These are the things these kids wished they could've done more. The rest is details." Dr. McAlpine added. And of course, ice cream!
Take home message:— Alastair McAlpine (@AlastairMcA30) February 1, 2018
Be kind. Read more books. Spend time with your family. Crack jokes. Go to the beach. Hug your dog. Tell that special person you love them.
These are the things these kids wished they could've done more. The rest is details.
Oh... and eat ice-cream. /End
Sure, they love their toys and gadgets, maybe even have one special toy they will never let go. But at the end of the day, family, laughter, and kindness are what they will keep with them as they grow old.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
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