As we grow up people tend to ask that question quite often. Can you think back to what you wanted to be when you grew up?
I remember wanting to be on Sesame Street. That was my goal in life until I was about 7 years old. Then of course my answer would change almost daily. My dream job would change often because my understanding of what was involved in that career would broaden.
When you take a moment to ask your child “What do YOU want to be when you grow up?” be sure to listen to the response and ask why. It’s amazing how their brain thinks. You may even be amused and/or surprised at the answer. Knowledge is power, be sure to list the positives of the job that he or she may be interested in, as well as the down side. Don’t be afraid to bring those points out too. Children love to be empowered with information.
My son for instance wants to be Spiderman. Yes, that’s right Spiderman. So when I asked him why, he responded with “so I can sling webs.” Pretty cool I thought. I replied with “that’s great, Spiderman likes to help people and he’s always on the lookout for danger, but I wonder what he does if his web gets stuck and won’t come out or worse what if HE gets tangled in it.” Help your child see both sides of the situation or career. You will not only get an in depth look into your child’s hopes and dreams it may help you to see things from the eyes of a child.
So, what do you want to be when you grow up?