When My Child Grows Up, I think He/She’ll Be a…….

I attended an awards ceremony at school recently for #3. One of the teachers giving out a few awards said things like, “Jimmy is our future Scientist. He excels at all things science based.” “Andrea is our future Astronaut. She loves to study space”.

It got me thinking, “Where do my children’s strengths and abilities lie, and if I had to guess what it is they’ll be when they grow up, could I?”

The answer is, not without a lot, and I mean a lot of thought.

#1 has a strong personality.  She likes to be in charge.  She likes to be liked, and fashion is important to her.  Even though she’s super intelligent, I can see her doing something that is highly social for a career.  I absolutely couldn’t see her doing, say, research for a living.  I could however see her as a managing editor/director of a fashion magazine.  Or as the head honcho of a gaggle of children whose clothing she’s designed.

#2 is quiet and super sweet.  She shows an affinity and skill for writing that is particularly exciting to me.  I *hope* she’s my future author.

#3 is quite good at math.  He’s quiet and unassuming.  He’s already half way through learning his multiplication facts, which in itself isn’t all that exciting.  Except he’s in first grade.  I’m pegging him as my mathematician/research analyst.

#4 is easy.  He loves animals.  He loves documentaries.  He loves documentaries with animals in them.  I think he would make an incredible Veterinarian.  Or Marine Biologist.

#5 is going to rule the world.  This kid has more self confidence than anyone I’ve ever met.  He’s well liked, social, and also kind.  And honest, even when it involves admitting that he ate all the candy.  He’s going to do great things in the public eye.  I can feel it.

One thing that I found as I was thinking about each of their personalities is that they are all kind.  My children are all intelligent and kind.  I think they will all grow up to do GOOD things.  And that makes me happy.

I am playing along with Mama Kat’s Writers Workshop this week and answered the prompt, “Based on their personalities, what do you think your children will be when they grow up?”


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    I’ve often thought about this with my own kids. My #1 is similar to yours. I can see her managing something. With my #2, I can see him as an engineer or a construction worker. He has been obsessed with anything construction for years and I don’t see that letting up anytime soon!

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    If they grow up continuing to be kind, I think you will have succeeded greatly as a parent regardless of what occupations they pursue.

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    Your number 5 sounds a lot like my number 2. I only have 2 so he’s the baby. Must be something about being the ‘baby’ that gives them a whole heap of self-confidence!

    Great photo!

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    When my oldest had her Kindergarten graduation the teacher had them pick out what they wanted to be when they grew up. We have it on video and it’s really funny to go back and watch. One of them wanted to be a “leader of a motorcycle gang”. haha!

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    Oooh I love how you have such a wide range of personalities in your home! I didn’t choose this prompt today, because it’s still so hard for me to imagine my kids as grown ups. Maybe I just don’t want to yet!

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    I saw this prompt and thought it sounded so cool! Unfortunately my boy is so little there is no solid sign of what he will be when he grows up. I’m betting it will change from poop bucket to something great!

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    I love that picture!! You made me think…I’d have to say my daughter would be a great chef! she already likes to create her own recipes and she has such good ideas. I’ve always pictured my son in a scientific field…maybe something with museums or history….or a sports commentator! 🙂

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    Ah! This is SUCH a fun post! Look how different all your kids are! My goodness! I can’t think about my kids growing up. It hurts my brain! They are just so cute and little and I don’t like to imagine that they will grow up…

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    I don’t have children yet, but I can imagine how interesting it is to think about this. Also, I keep meaning to check out Mama Kat, thanks for the reminder!

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