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Old 04-20-2009, 09:38 AM
 
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I don't want a dog though. I feel like I'm going to ruin her life if I don't get her a dog. UGH! When she's old enough maybe I can hook up some volunteer opportunities with lots of dogs.
LOL...I know how you feel I really did not want a dog, but I broke down and got one I had some very specific guidelines to follow - small, no shedding, couch potato dog....and we found one that fits those nicely. And hey, its not so bad. She loves that dog so much! I see how it enriches her life (and the other kids too), but I also see how MY quality of life would decrease if the dog was a pain in the a..!
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I was thinking, recently, that it's so much easier on kids who decide to go to college at 18. Even if they don't know what they want to do, it buys them four more years because they're "doing something" by being in college. When a child doesn't choose college, everyone wants to know what they're going to do with their lives. At least, that's been my experience, with an almost 18 y/o non-college bound kid.
I think it buys time in other people's eyes. But, I would much rather not rush my kid's into college, but let them continue to have other life experiences if they want it. Like a service year or working or volunteering in different jobs that interest them. Personally, I went to college because it was expected and I feel like I "rushed" into picking a career before I had experienced enough outside of my home. I don't think it was a waste of time or anything, but I often think about how things might have been different even if I had just waited one year to go to college... just a thought.
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I totally agree about waiting on college. :
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My 4 yo just revised her goal... now she wants to be "the person who makes colors." :

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My DD is only three but she's sure she wants to be a ballerina

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DD1 - 12 - Hasn't decided since she likes so many things
DD2 - 10 - Photographer
DS1 -6 - A dad
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DS1 -6 - A dad
funny, I'm noticing lots of kids want to do the same as my kids, even though I thought some of them were unusual, like two of my kids talk about how they would love to open up a vegan restaurant as apparently another couple of siblings would like... one even enjoys serving tables!... and also I see my son isn't the only one who wants to be a dad, he's four but he's been saying this for awhile, more recently he said he'd like to fix things but not as a career, he insists the only job he wants is 'Dad'

My 13yo wants to be famous... dancer, writer, musician, actress, but she also wants to teach (she hopes her fame won't distract her students)

My 11yo has wanted to be president since she was 4yo, but a couple years ago also expressed interest in becoming a midwife although she wonders how she can manage being on call for babies with a law practice (being a lawyer is part of her presidential master plan). I think her main focus is that she wants to protect everyone... the country, defendents, babies...
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Ds (17) wants to be a musician. Well, he already is one (he plays guitar/writes songs); he just doesn't get paid for it yet! When he was 5-8, he was obsessed w/ weather and natural disasters, and wanted to be a storm chaser.

Dd (12) wants to be an Olympic show jumper and/or a graphic artist.
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For the last few years, ds (11) has wanted to be a voice actor. What a cool goal.

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4.5 yr old - A princess.

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I think it buys time in other people's eyes. But, I would much rather not rush my kid's into college, but let them continue to have other life experiences if they want it. Like a service year or working or volunteering in different jobs that interest them. Personally, I went to college because it was expected and I feel like I "rushed" into picking a career before I had experienced enough outside of my home. I don't think it was a waste of time or anything, but I often think about how things might have been different even if I had just waited one year to go to college... just a thought.
I completely agree.

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LOL...I know how you feel I really did not want a dog, but I broke down and got one I had some very specific guidelines to follow - small, no shedding, couch potato dog....and we found one that fits those nicely. And hey, its not so bad. She loves that dog so much! I see how it enriches her life (and the other kids too), but I also see how MY quality of life would decrease if the dog was a pain in the a..!
lol: That's true. You gotta get a dog you love, because any animal is a family animal.

My mother was a 'good' mother, and I lurve her and we get along well. But she never allowed pets, and I often felt sad about that as a child.

Of course, now I am a grown- up and I have 2 dogs, 3 cats, a rabbit, and turkey, plus chickens of various breeds. I don't hate my mother or anything. LOL

Funny thing is, my mother now has a tiny dog. Which she dressses up. The dog has a tutu. Her dh thinks it's the funniest thing. Everyone comes around...
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DD, age 7, wants to be a musician, veterinarian and an artist, all while she fosters animals (cats, dogs, bunnies, etc.).

DS, age 10, wants to be an inventor/scientist/engineer.
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I am loving this thread!!!

DD (8) wants to be a biodynamic farmer. We eat pretty TF and support local farmers/ranchers and it has been a focus of hers for a while now. She has been in gymnastics this past year and wanted to be a gymnast (that farmed on the side) (ot, but her bio dad actually told her to stop homeschooling and go to ps because you *had* to in order to be a gymnast or farmer <end rant>) Anyway, the other day we were weeding in the garden and talking about how the farms we support work and she said, with a deep sigh, "screw gymnastics, I want to be a farmer" lol

DS(6.75) says "Artist Karate Person" He is very, very artistic, and quite good in his karate class, so....

DS(2) thought it was hilarious when I told him a kid on this thread wants to be an airplane (he *loves* airplanes!) and said he wanted too, as well.

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DS 5 wants to be a rock star (he vascillates between the drums, the guitar, and the banjo), a bus driver, or a bicycle mechanic (like his dad).

DD 3 wants to be a princess . I haven't really pressed her on what she thinks a princess DOES all day.

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Funny this should come up, as just the other day my 7 yo ds told us the following: "when I grow up I want to be an astronaut, but if NASA is full, I want to smash stuff, but if smashing stuff is full, I'll join Indiana Jones." good to cover all your bases.

My 9 yo dd has wanted to be an actor since she was about 5, and has been in drama and theatre programs since then. She really likes it, and is pretty happy that it doesn't require any math.

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3.5 year old wants to be either a 'ninja' or a 'pirate'.
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Last week dd (4) said, "I want to be a mermaid when I grow up." She then looked at me with a serious expression and said, "Um, how do you become one of those?"

Ds (5) wants to be either an attorney like daddy or a University of Kentucky basketball player.
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Dc (4) wants to be a farmer. We're learning about permaculture together.
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DS1 wants to be a farmer & supply food for DS2's restaurant. They decided to both work both jobs & DD wants to be the chef & gardener!
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Our three oldest boys want to be barbarians when they grow up. They know the steps and are taking them each with diligence (and patiently waiting too, of course. Some things take time.). They tell everyone this.

We never talk about what people do by summing it up in the label or title of their jobs, so our boys just talk about the things they'll do when they are able based on whatever skills they have yet to master to accomplish their goals. Their lists are long.

My list is also very long. Still.

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We have a zookeeper/flower gardener and a shooter boy. I'm going to guess shooter boy might mean a career in the military.

Welcome to the Real World she said to me, condescendingly, take a seat. Take your life; plot it out in black and white.
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My oldest wants to be an actor or something in the gaming world, my middle will probably do something sciencey (either chemistry or biology) and my youngest likes to build things - and dance.

Time will tell

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When people ask DS if he's going to be an artist when he grows up he says "Well, i already am, so...(rolls his eyes)." He's also going to make Godzilla movies, and he may open a Godzilla themed restaurant.

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