Friday, 15 August 2014

Evil Geniuses & Mermaids - What do your kids see for their future selves?

Children have a tendency to say, "I want to be (insert job title here) when I grow up." Some children decide on something when they are very you g and stick with the idea throughout life. Most children just test the waters with an idea of what they could become when they grow up and it changes frequently as they find new interests.

One of my daughters wanted to be a police officer for most of her younger childhood, then a chef and then a firefighter. She still wants to be a firefighter, but she is old enough now that, if she really wants it, she can work towards that goal now.

Another daughter wanted to be a "famous ice skater" when she was very young. That idea didn't last long. Now she is an free-lance editor.

Another daughter wanted to be a ballerina when she was really young, but ballerina changed to veterinarian in her later youth, and she is on her way to becoming one now with a degree in bio-veterinary science.

I still have young children. My youngest four are aged 11, 9, 7 and 5. They have had dreams of what they will be when they grow up, but, even for them, those dreams keep changing and evolving. The 11 year old wanted to be a writer, but now wants to be a teacher and an artist. The nine year old wanted to be a clothing designer (of princess dresses), but now wanted to be an author and a mermaid.

No, I did not type that incorrectly. She really wants to be a mermaid, a professional mermaid. And there are professional mermaids in the world, with realistic looking tails that propel them swiftly through the water - mermaids such as Mermaid Kariel and Mermaid Melissa.

My boys change their idea of what they want to be almost daily. My youngest varies between wanting to be a superhero, a firefighter and any number of other things. His older sister claims that he is going to be an evil genius. As long as my children are happy with the choices that they finally settle on, I will be happy for them, and as proud as any mommy can be.

I look forward to seeing what they do with their lives! I'm sure they will all make the world a better place. they do that already just by being in it.

What about your kids? What do they want to be when they grow up, or are they already grown up? What do they see for their future selves?