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What do you want to be when you grow up?


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Lindsey, Hespeler | August 29, 2017

This is a hot question that we ask our little ones (and not so little ones) all of the time! Some want to be a princess, others a doctor… perhaps your little one wants to be a teacher, or an astronaut, or (as my two year old nephew passionately tells me) a rock!

But tell me, how many of you are actually doing what you thought you’d be doing when you were five, or twelve, or twenty-five?

Did you become that doctor? Did you move to Florida to work at Disney World?

Or did you realize as you got older that blood makes you squirm, or school is too expensive, or maybe you’re really more interested in working on cars, or starting your own business?

Did you ever find yourself a little bit lost when the time came to decide what you’d like to do with your life? Are you still a little bit unsure of how to fuse what makes you happy with the way you make your living?...

So it’s funny when we ask our children what they want to be when they grow up . . . when maybe, we should be asking… What do you love to do? Why do you love to do it? What are your gifts? What makes you happy?

As parents, we try to give our children every opportunity to explore and develop their sense of self. At the Idea Exchange, we strive to provide excellent play-based and exploration based programs, where kids, teens, (AND ADULTS), can develop new skills and interests. From Explore on the Floor, to The 4pm Project, and even our Taco Stand!

If you’re itching for some further conversations on the subject of “What do you want to be when you grow up”, I highly recommend this Ted Talk entitled “Every Decision is a Career Decision” by Dave Redekopp.

Every Decision is a Career Decision