Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The world is yours.

There was a note in Em's backpack last week asking her to bring in a baby picture to school. Her class has been talking about babies and baby animals and what happens when they grow so her teacher wanted them to share their baby pictures during circle time. I asked Allie and Anna if their classes had been discussing babies. Allie said that they had been talking about what they want to be when they grow up. Anna told me that her class had been talking about nothing. Uh, okay.

So back to Allie. "Allie, did you tell your teacher that you want to be a fashion designer when you grow up."

"NO! I want to be a mommy when I grow up."

Wait, wait, wait. Why can't she be a mommy and a fashion designer? Allie's response kind of surprised me because I'm a mommy and a CPA. And she knows this. Well, she doesn't really know what I do at work. The girls have started to ask me what I do or specifically what did I do on a certain day at work. I try to keep it general like, "I worked on some spreadsheets."

So I've been explaining to Allie that she can be both a mommy and something else. A few days later, she announced that she wants to be a dentist when she grows up. (I have a dentist post that I'm working on that will explain this.) So I told her that she could be both a dentist and a mommy just like I'm a mommy and I work. She then asked me if I was a dentist.

And you know what? If she wants to be just a mommy, that is perfectly fine as well.

The world is theirs.

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Anonymous said...

Hahahaha, i literally laughed out loud at the dentist part!

Tracy said...

As a former Managing Director and CPA, I chose to be just a Mommy when our kids were born. Being a Mommy was all I ever wanted to do as a child and even as an adult. If she just wants to be a Mommy, I think that rocks!! I have to say, being a stay at home mom is the hardest job I've ever had, but most rewarding as well, but I can totally understand why it's not for everyone. Blessings to you and your family.

Cindy said...

The girls are at such a wonderful age, and it just keeps getting better from here. We have the most wonderful conversations about what my daughter wants to be when she grows up. She has wanted to be a mommy, a drive-thru worker, a doctor, a lawyer, a dancer, a rock star. The list goes on and on and I can't wait to hear what my 2 y/os want to be as they get older. It's so great that you are documenting all of this. It's wonderful to have to look back on.

Mandy said...

My 3 year old girlie seems to have trouble imagining herself doing mommy & job as well. Somedays she is going to go to work & work on computers and other days stay at home with her baby (who is apparently going to be a boy?). I explain she can do both and usually she comes up w a very logical 3 year old reason as to why she won't. Most times "what princesses do" is involved in the answer.
ps, I love Anna's answer!