I Want To Be Like You

“Mommy, I want to be a teacher when I grow up.” This is what RJ told me when I fetched her from her very first day in school. She was just 3 years old then. “I want to be a chef”…this is what she says every time she watches cooking shows. “I want to be a dentist”…just after we had her teeth cleaned by Dra. Salvador (our family dentist). But this is my favorite line of all “Mom, I want to be like you when I grow up”…this is what she says every time I hug and kiss her.

RJ changes her mind everyday but I am not worried. It is just perfectly normal for kids like her to change their minds million times as to what they want to be before they actually grow up.

I understand that as parents, you want to push your children in the direction that you think is good for them but don’t forget that it’s their choice to make. So when you hear what they want to be when they grow up, just pay attention and listen with respect. Don’t laugh or get furious and insist what you want them to be. It would just entail that you have already chosen the path for them. It can affect your children’s interest in other things and can possibly loss their enthusiasm to pursue their dreams. If your child said he/she wants to be a dental hygienist, support him/her instead or better yet, help him/her check out how to become a dental hygienist.

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