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It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive. – Henry David Thoreau
In school, children are often asked “what do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a common question and eventually we’ll ask them as well. We might have a predisposition on what we want for our children; we can want all we want, but very rarely does it ever happen. Most parents will just say “As long as they go to college I don’t care what they do for a living. Whatever makes them happy?” Many children have no idea what is going to make them happy 5, 10, 20 or 30 years from now. I know I didn’t. Think back to when you were a child and you told your parents you wanted to be an Astronaut or Fireman or Baseball player, were they sensitive to your aspirations? I’m sure they said “That’s fantastic. You can be whatever you want to be when you grow up.”
And you smiled and went on your way. You can very well say the same thing to your child and maybe go a step further? If your child wants to be a fireman, then what about taking him to visit the local fire department? If you called in advance and made an appointment most fire or police departments would welcome the visit. After all, they are public servants. If your child wants to be an Astronaut, then why not take them to a museum with aeronautical displays or take them for a flying lesson? They have to be at least 16 years old before flying solo and 17 before they are issued a license, but being sensitive to your child’s dreams is priceless. You never know you may learn something about yourself along the way?