I'm talking how we guide our children in their career choices.
P planned on "pirate" as a career plan until he was 6... at which point he decided that was too much work (and he couldn't swim) so he switched to being a robber. His kindergarten teacher tried to convince him that he meant policeman... so I think now he's planning on being a corrupt cop. (I'm getting worried about this one)
When H was younger she wanted to be a mermaid... she's a little more practical now and is thinking artist.
Just 2 years ago M was sure that she wanted to be Zoe - and now she wants to be a doctor.
Of course, that was the year I was teaching preschool and one of the little boys told me he wanted to be a "pumper truck driver"... I of course didn't know what a pumper truck driver is so he proceeded to explain (with great enthusiasm) how these lucky guys get to drive around emptying the contents of the port-o-lets... and he was totally SERIOUS about this career path! A few weeks later I got to see for myself a pumper truck driver in action - thank you "Dirty Jobs"
(seriously, I can barely contain my heaves WATCHING that show...)
on my morning walk yesterday there was much discussion between S and I about our children - both of our eldest children (14 and 13) are thinking toward something in the medical field. When I was 13 I was thinking how cute that boy in math class was. Why do they push so hard in school for them to choose something now? Did ANYONE know back then what they were going to do? And are we being bad parents to push them toward well paying fields instead of... well... pumper truck drivers?
Went swimming with my family last night. Swimming with children between the ages of 5 and 14 is interesting - as I like to keep an eye on all of them, but I am required to spend the majority of my time in the shallow end entertaining M. Lots of other adults are there doing the same thing so it's always interesting to people watch. One man was entertaining his two toddlers (who were LOVING it) by laying there pretending to be dead while they pulled him through the water. I wondered for awhile what he was thinking - but then I realized: He's training them for a career with greenpeace - they will be singularly qualified to save the whales.
(note - the man WAS overweight - but not huge... but he was a great dad, because those were the happiest kids at the entire pool!)