Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lawyer? Chemist? Professional Basketball Player? Anything is possible!

My kids, at ages 10 and 8 1/2, are obsessed with what they want to be when they grow up.

Here's a list of just a few of the many professions they have proclaimed as "What I Want To Be When I Grow Up" just over the last couple of months.

Hair Stylist
Interior Decorator

Lawyer has been on Sarah's list several times over the past couple of months and  is where she has landed once again...today anyway.  She only wants to do this because her BFF wants to do this. In my humble and motherly opinion, Sarah is too dramatic and creative and artsy and not bookish enough to be a lawyer.  But one other thing I know about Sarah - she's pretty determined, so if she decides she really wants to do this when she gets older, she will.

Lego Set Designer
Computer Game Creator
Auto Mechanic
Computer Programmer
Professional Basketball Player

Chemist just came up on Thursday.  Someone's father (who works for a plastics and chemical company came in and did a chemistry lab for Peter's class and Peter was absolutely fascinated with it.  He loved how you could combine a couple of ingredients together to get interesting reactions  and is now requesting a chemistry set (with beakers and everything, Mom!).

And just yesterday while he was shooting baskets in the driveway, he told me he had it all figured out.  He was going to go to Duke or Carolina on a basketball scholarship and study chemistry.  That way he could be a chemist when his professional basketball career was over.

And all this from the kid who hasn't even scored one basket in a game this year. 

Don't you just love how kids dream big dreams with no limitations of what is or isn't possible? 

I think the hard part of parenthood is keeping them grounded while encouraging them to dream the big dreams.  So instead of telling him that being a pro basketball player statistically probably wouldn't happen, I told him to keep shooting baskets and to keep studying hard at school and that anything is possible. 


Anonymous said...

Excellent post! Dreams keep us alive, happy and healthy!!


Kimberly said...

I love that he has plans for "after his basketball career is over". I have several students who take the money buys happiness approach to life and are a convinced a professional athletic career is all they need. My response is always....so what will you do when you get injured and the doc says you can't play anymore? No answers.

Glad you allow your kids to dream but keep them grounded enough to see what life is all about!