I remember being asked as a child, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. I am sure I never had a confident answer.
This question is asked of children quite often.
Well, what do you want to be when you grow up?
A child’s response may be along the lines of a profession. Doctor. Scientist. Teacher. Firefighter. Farmer. Police Officer. Monkey Handler. All very prestigious career choices.
How many times have you heard a child answer with a character trait; i.e. When I grow up, I want to be smart, kind, friendly, generous, helpful, etc.
Are these as important as your career goals? Are we building their character up as much as we stress the college and career choices.
Is what you are simply defined as your job?
I have thought on many different occasions what will be next for me. What am I going to do when I grow up, and what are my goals. I have some background in preschool education, management and nursery care. Possibly find myself back in that path. Maybe pursue a higher education for myself, I have thought many times of teaching. I have even considered a path in children’s ministries.
Right now I am looking at attempting Homeschooling. I have been researching and preparing for it for 2 years now. We have moved many times and all of the schools my children have been enrolled in have left me with negative emotions. Not at any fault of the teachers themselves. For many other reasons, most significantly, the interactions between my children’s peers and towards my children. The rude and unkind attitudes that have been rampant in the schools are making it very difficult for my children, who enjoy learning and want to achieve their goals.
When I grow up I want to be a positive influence on my children and others around us. I want my children to understand the value in character as well as education.
Every day is another opportunity. A chance to improve the lives of everyone around us, as well as our own. Maybe a smile, maybe a kind gesture. Maybe sharing some of my knowledge and experiences with others.
What will you be when you grow up?