April 13, 2010

When I Grow Up I Want To Be ….


As a mom, I love listening to what my daughter says she wants to be when she grows up. Actually, I really like hearing what kids say they want to be when they get big. Little boys often want to be a fireman (no offense to the gender neutral term of firefighter, but these are little boys) or a policeman. Sometimes I’ll get something random like one little tyke I came across a few years ago who told me he wanted to be the circus man. I think he wanted to be the ringmaster, but I’m not sure if maybe he wanted to be a clown. He was very funny!

Little girls are so different when you ask them what they want to be when they grow up. In our very Disney-fied world many say they want to be a princess. I love everything Disney and really can’t get enough of it, but I hate that they make it seem like princess is an attainable profession. It leaves moms and dads struggling with our sense of practicality and our desire to encourage our little girls. My daughter, though, has wanted to be a chemist for quite a few years. I can do chemist!

When I was a kid, I was 7 when I told my family that I wanted to be a lawyer when I grow up. And, well, guess what I am? I’m a grown up and, yes, I’m a lawyer.

But, while I’ve come across kids who want to have traditional jobs, this one particular child wanted to be like mom. And there is nothing wrong with wanting to be like mommy when you grow up. This young girl drew a picture to tell the world. I’m all for girls being in charge. But I think this little girl doesn’t quite understand what her mom does for her job.  Or maybe she does and she’s figured out the power of being a woman.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?



Mike April 13, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Where did you find that drawing?! I love it! hahahaha

Melissa @SavingCentswithSense.net April 14, 2010 at 7:56 am

Love this post! How fun- ok. When I grew up I wanted to be a: marine biologist, teacher, astronaut, astronomer, psychologist, and the list probably goes on. 🙂 I had a good imagination- but it allowed me to keep challenging myself.

Now, (besides a blogger) I am a psychology instructor, and I have my own telescope, so even though I’m not exactly what I used to dream about, I get to do a little bit of everything. 🙂

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