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#1    Overdueleaf

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 11:52 PM

One often thinks when young, what they want to be when they are older.
Funny how the young mind can only think of concrete scenarios…I want to be a farmer… I want to be a firefighter… I want to be a football player. Maybe because we put too much pressure on them from a young age to make something good for themselves... maybe it is because other thoughts are just to abstract for the developing mind at that age. Maybe because we are too engrained from the beginning to think of what and who rather than being able to really describe who/the person we would really like to be. I bet that right now you are wondering what my point is… lol. My point is…it seems that young kids are typically brought up to believe that being something or having a career is far better and more important than anything else in life. When was the last time you heard a child say… I want to be honest …I want to be caring… I want to be selfless… I want to be hard-working... I want to have integrity...I want to be self sufficient… etc…etc…etc. Truth is I have never heard a child say this... and I have to wonder why not. Is it so bad to instill such virtues in our children… rather than say you should be a doctor… they make lots of money. What are we telling our children with that statement?

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 11:54 PM

:)

Good word overdue leaf...

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:17 AM

Shoot, I'm sixty now and I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Maybe in my next life.


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Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:32 AM

I think some parents stress career more than values because they know how much it costs to live.


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Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:50 AM

my parents stressed values... which is probably why i'm still poor  ..lol.    
  anyway..  after cowboy and  explorer...  i remember wanting to be a barber for awhile as a kid.   As much as i HATED  getting my hair cut.. i was extremely impressed by the DOLLAR BILL which  Dad gave the barber!

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 03:24 PM

i wanted to be a " doctor " when i was young .. just because people expect me to be something :D
then i reliaze when am older i wanna be me .. works out fine it seems

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:57 PM

If I asked a child, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" and they answered, "I want to be honest and hard-working," I would wonder why they aren't already.

These aren't things to be when you grow up. They are things children should already be.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 04:43 AM

I want to be a leaf on the wind.
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Posted 08 December 2012 - 04:53 AM

View PostOverdueleaf, on 06 December 2012 - 11:52 PM, said:

One often thinks when young, what they want to be when they are older.
Funny how the young mind can only think of concrete scenarios…I want to be a farmer… I want to be a firefighter… I want to be a football player. Maybe because we put too much pressure on them from a young age to make something good for themselves... maybe it is because other thoughts are just to abstract for the developing mind at that age. Maybe because we are too engrained from the beginning to think of what and who rather than being able to really describe who/the person we would really like to be. I bet that right now you are wondering what my point is… lol. My point is…it seems that young kids are typically brought up to believe that being something or having a career is far better and more important than anything else in life. When was the last time you heard a child say… I want to be honest …I want to be caring… I want to be selfless… I want to be hard-working... I want to have integrity...I want to be self sufficient… etc…etc…etc. Truth is I have never heard a child say this... and I have to wonder why not. Is it so bad to instill such virtues in our children… rather than say you should be a doctor… they make lots of money. What are we telling our children with that statement?


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Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:25 PM

Kids will make their own minds up what they want to do and will more than likely change their minds several times over in the process. Pushing them into something of 'your' choosing is wrong and chances are if they do go along with it they'll give up on it anyway sooner or later. It's more important they find something they're happy with for themselves.

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