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I know "doctor" is a popular game for kids, and I am cool with the kids playing doctor as much as they want, but has anyone incorporated other healing professions into their kids doctor play?<br><br>
I dont spend a ton of time at healers, but how would you teach your kid to play :<br><br>
Acupuncturist?<br>
Chiropracter?<br>
Homeopath?<br>
Midwife?<br><br>
what else?
 

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I don't think I'd try to teach them; I generally don't interject stuff into their play unless I'm playing, too -- but if you want your kids to have more awareness of these other professions, without having to pay the fee and actually go to appointments with your kids, maybe you can find some related books?
 

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DD1 came with me to midwife appts when I was pregnant and then played midwife afterwards. She would take a piece of yarn and "measure" my belly, listen to it, etc.
 

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My son plays chiropractor. It's his own idea after coming with me to an adjustment. He says, "Mama, I will fix your neck," and I lie down and he moves my head around for a while and then makes a clicking noise and says, "There! All better!" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> It's a testimony to my chiropractor's skill that my son is very gentle doing this--he doesn't apply any real force, whereas the chiro does but I guess it doesn't look like it! He likes me to take a turn "fixing" him, too.<br><br>
I'm kind of sad that my son now can say "chiropractor" correctly. He used to say "pyro-cracker". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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And since "pyro" means "fire" -- I guess you've got a "fire-cracker" of a chiropractor!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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awwww! It sucks when they learn to talk right. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
My MIL is a speech teacher and she is always teaching the kids to pronounce stuff. (at age 2 and 4) I am always like "HEY! they will figure it out! Let them have their cuteness damnit!"
 

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My son has been to my acupuncturist visits with me, and I'm kinda glad he hasn't played acu. with his sister!!
 

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Uhm, yeah, that's not something I'd want my kids to reenact, either!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I had to laugh at this thread because just last night dh and I were talking about playing doctor (no, not like that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> )<br>
He was wondering who our son would have to play doctor with... and I suggested the baby of some friends of ours (their son will be about 6 months old when ours is born). Dh said something along the lines of not playing doctor with another boy... and I didn't understand why... so we continued our conversation, and I found out that to him, playing doctor just meant two kids getting naked and nothing to do with any kind of doctoring... kind of an exploratory "I'll show you mine if you show me yours" sort of thing. I never had this idea about playing doctor... even when I was little. So I had to laugh and tell him that when I was little, playing doctor meant clearing off the top of our toy box, getting out some surgical masks and gowns that my dad would periodically bring home from work (he works in surgery at a local hospital) and doing "operations" on each other... there was never anything sexually exploratory about our doctor play... and I found it really funny the difference in definitions that we each have about "playing doctor"
 

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I had the same misconception when I first read the thread-title!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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