When I Grow Up

When I Grow Up I Want To Be…

Each year before the kids go off to their first day of school, we take the same picture of them out front of the house, as parents do. We ask them what they think they want to be when they grow up and we write it on the sign and snap the picture. The first couple years we got the standard responses of policewoman, doctor or firefighter, which are excellent choices by the way, but we noticed this past year that the kids are really starting to give the question some thought.

Instead of doctor, our daughter has narrowed down her field of choice to veterinarian, which, judging by the way she takes care of her stuffed animals, is an excellent choice. My son, on the other hand, has bounced between policeman and firefighter the last couple years but this year he too narrowed his choice down to working in forensics, just like daddy, as he put it.

While I realize there is a very good chance that my children will not work in these fields, I’m excited that they are already thinking about what it is they would like to do in the future. I spent a lot of time focusing on sports as a kid and then flaked out in high school, despite my parents encouragement to strive for more. So as I sit here still wondering what I want to do with the rest of my life, I’m hopeful that my kids will continue to dream big and not let anything get in their way. At their young ages there is truly nothing they can’t accomplish and I can’t wait to see what they do with their lives.

I mean, who knows, my daughter might still change her mind back to skateboarding princess, which would be absolutely rad! Plus, if she ever stumbles for career ideas, she can look no further than the Barbie collection she plays with almost every single day. Fun fact: Barbie has had over 155 different careers in her lifetime and although that makes her sound like a terrible employee, I can assure you it’s just because she never ever ages…


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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, however I do think skateboard princess is the coolest job you could ever hope for!

92 replies
  1. Mark Rutledge
    Mark Rutledge says:

    My daughter wants to be a dog walker or an astronaut. Don’t see how they are related but its her ambition right now!

  2. kristen visser
    kristen visser says:

    my daughter is a little over three and has problem with communicating but from what I see she wants to play the piano 🙂

  3. Maritess S
    Maritess S says:

    After a visit to the Royal Tyrell Museum, my daughter wants to be a palaeontologist. She cannot pronounce it right but just tells us she wants to work with dinosaurs.

  4. Place Under The Pine
    Place Under The Pine says:

    I love asking the kids what they want to be when they grow up.
    Senior Kindergarten my daughter wanted to be a bird…yes, that is what she wrote down. Four years later and she is still talking like that. She’s definitely the creative/artsy type. I predict she’ll be employed in the arts.
    My little guy was in SK last year and he wanted to be a snow plow driver and a hockey player…he likes winter. My prediction: he will have some sort of physically demanding job AND play beer league hockey at night.

  5. Claudette Lariviere
    Claudette Lariviere says:

    my children are grown, but there is a very special little girl i know who loves Barbie… a client of my daughters .. my daughter is a Developmental Social Worker. The girl needs 24 hour care.. so she has many people who care for her. She is sweet as a button, would luv for Santa to bring her a new barbie doll.

  6. Rose S
    Rose S says:

    My oldest daughter wants to be a teacher and a professional dancer, like the ones on Dancing With The Stars. My youngest daughter wants to work with animals.


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