What did you want to be when you grew up?
A recent post on Human’s of New York‘s page made me smile about this topic.
I remember wanting to be everything from a teacher, to a ranger (I thought the name ‘Ranger Kate’ sounded awesome), to an interior designer, to a ballet dancer! However, the teaching theme was really the only consistent one through the years.
Whenever I assess a new student I ask them what they would like to be when they grow up (or if they are highschool students, when they leave school). There are of course the standard ‘famous’ answers of, a professional sports person, a pop star, a dancer, a singer. I was told earlier this week by a student “a business owner so I can make lots of money!”. I hear the ones who would like to follow in their parents footsteps and become ‘a carpenter like Dad’ or ‘a Doctor like Mum’. Sometimes I ask them what their Mum and/or Dad do (this is all about making conversation and breaking the ice before we start doing the actual assessment). Some children know exactly what their parents’ job title is, others are a little more vague, ‘he goes to work in his office’, ‘she does things for other people’ ‘he fixes computers and stuff’. What I have noticed in the last year is the change of descriptions of Stay at Home Mums from ‘she just stays at home’, to ‘she looks after our family and makes sure we have everything we need.’ I love this a lot.
Some answers make me laugh, “a big boy”, “a mermaid”, “a gym worker and do push-ups and squats”.
Here are some of the answers I’ve had in the last month or so:
- An inventor and a scientist (girl 10yrs)
- An artist (girl 7yrs)
- A zoo keeper, vet or singer (girl 10yrs)
- A footy player (boy 10yrs)
- A builder (boy 7yrs)
- A farmer (boy 10yrs)
- Something to do with being a shopping person (girl 8yrs)
- A mermaid (girl 6yrs)
- A scientist (boy 8yrs)
- An aviation engineer (boy 7yrs)
- A policeman (boy 8yrs)
- An engineer who designs things (boy 10yrs)
- A professional basketball player in the US (boy 15yrs)
I asked my Indi (4yrs) yesterday what she would like to be when she grows up and she said, “A Mummy.”
So what did YOU want to be when you grew up? – And what are you now?
Have you asked your child recently what they would like to be?