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November 18, 2007



When I went to my son's open house he'd written "When I grow up I want to be" and then drew a picture of a boxer in a boxing ring. I asked my husband, did you have ANY idea WHATSOEVER that he even knows what boxing is??? And my husband said he didn't, but he's excited at the money we'll save now -- why send a boxer to college -- ha!

Lori at Spinning Yellow

Jordan - Can you sense a little misgivings on my part about being a SAHM?

Delilah - I should have posed the question to everyone, b/c hearing what people wanted to be when they were kids is really cracking me up!

Dee - so true - the difference in how each kid views the world is amazing.

Laura - She so wants you to be her mom, or maybe Emma! I forgot about your weather girl dreams, man those Martha Apprentice people really missed out by not picking you!!

Kristen - I think Scott is so literal that he does see this as pressure, he can't answer it now so he feels that he's not doing something right. Whereas most kids just go with whatever. But in defense of his teacher, maybe she would be OK with an "I don't know," he just might think she isn't.

Oh Hannah that is so sweet that you wanted to be "happy"! If I were your teacher I would have wanted to hug you!

Maddy - So funny! It is like they just don't want to be the traditional choice.


My daughters have never said that they want to be mums [indeed the eldest is determined to avoid mother hood at all costs]

However, both my sons have said that they want to grow up to be mums! Go figure!


I think it's pretty horrible that Scott's teacher is pushing the kids to have an answer. I remember my 2nd grade teacher conducting a similar exercise - I said I wanted to be "happy" and that wasn't satisfactory to her. Can you imagine? I can't think of anything more important than encouraging our kids to choose something - whatever it is - that makes us happy.

And after reading about poor Scott's experience at the dentist, I will say this - I will never complain about the dentist again. I fear it. But if your brave little guy can handle it, then so can I.


Hmmm. I think at Scott (and Jane's) young age, I did want to be "just a mommy" and then I spent my entire life trying to be anything but.


Here's a question: don't you think the "what do you want to be" question is just another way of putting subtle pressure on our kids—as in, you're 6 years old, chop chop, better decide, what's it gonna be. Teacher should really settle for a heartfelt "I don't know" rather than pushing the kids to come up with something.

I get the feeling Scott is wise beyond his years.


Lori-about the dentist post:OMG! I feel for Scott and you-that was riveting. I teeter all of the time on when to loosen the apron strings. You handled it well and so did Scott!

The My Gym was very sweet-I was giggling myself.

When I Grow Up I wanted to be the weather girl and I sooo wanted Vanna White's job! If Jane decides she wants to be a mommy decorator, well, nothing would make me more proud-sniff, sniff!


Scott is wise beyond his years, and Jane lives in the moment, in whatever kind of day she is having. Both good qualities to have! Both conversations bring home the question: what defines us?


Professional baton twirler! When I was 10 I wanted to be an artist, which is pretty funny considering my ability in that area is limited to stick figures and flowers.

Ditto Jordan's "just a Mommy" comment!


Boy, is Scott a smart and insightful kid, or what? As for Jane, I'm sure you're an excellent role model. As far as I'm concerned, that phrase "just a mommy" is an oxymoron - doesn't even compute - there's no "just" about being a mommy, whether you work or not! ;-)

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