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Lessons for My Son SHAR I NG MY KNOWL E DGE AND W I SDOM
“It was a miracle moment, and from then on, my life has never been the same.”
The day my son was born was the most amazing day of my life. I remember sitting in the hospital room while my wife was sound asleep. A nurse rolled Connor into the room and asked if I wanted to feed him. I told her that of course I did and took this tiny baby into my arms. They say you’re never ready to be a parent, and I knew how true that was when Connor was born. But when I held him in my arms for the very
first time and used that little bottle to feed him, I was filled with pure joy. It was a miracle moment, and from them on, my life has never been the same. When it was just my wife and me, we certainly had a lot of fun. We would travel and go out with friends. Then we had Connor, and life became so much more fulfilling. Connor changed my life in so many ways, all for the better. During the school year, I wake Connor up early and get him ready for the day. A few weeks ago, before school let out for the summer, I woke Connor up one morning and could see his neck was hurting him. I asked if he wanted me to adjust him and when I did, he immediately felt better. “Daddy, you’re the best chiropractor I know!” he said with a big smile on his face. Then he paused and added, “Daddy, you’re the only chiropractor I know!” His words came from a place of such pure innocence; my heart swelled with love. I love being a dad. I love teaching my son important lessons, being there when he needs me, and helping him grow up to be a good person. The biggest responsibility a parent has is to teach their kids the valuable lessons they need to excel in life. To be honest, though, my love of teaching even extends to my patients. It’s weird to think about, but the health of our own bodies is something so few people understand. Just look at how dietary suggestions change over the years. Part of my job as a doctor, much like my job as a dad, is to help cut through all the conflicting information and get to the heart of the matter.
When Conner first came home.
I don’t want to be the kind of dad who tells my son, “Do this because I said so.” That doesn’t give Connor the tools he needs to grow or make good decisions on his own in the future. I want to teach him how to understand and be independent, just like I want to teach my patients to take control of their health. I could list off facts and figures all day, but what good does that do if my patients aren’t able to put that information into context and use it again in the future? Instead, I guide my patients in the right direction, educating them where necessary, and helping them gain the knowledge and values to make the right choices regarding their health. More often than not, being a dad and being a doctor are two different areas of my life, but in some ways, they mirror each other. I love being able to help my patients and see their lives improve, just like I love being able to see the progression of my son’s life and be there as he starts to make decisions on his own.
–Dr. Bao Tha i
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