Ben has had a variety of interests in his three years of life – from airplanes to construction, and with a current intense fixation on Legos and firefighters – part of the fun of being a parent is finding things to encourage your child’s passions and watching them shine. Never did I expect to be genuinely so mother freaking excited to see an excavator on the side of the road, but Ben loves them and loses his mind when we see one – so now, I do too.
I thought it would be fun to ask Ben what he wants to be when he grows up. Three year olds are pretty funny with their perspective on the world (he recently told me I needed to get money at the money store, so I could buy him some Legos), and when it comes to thinking of the future, this is no exception.
Before I had kids, I swore up and down, that I’d never let my son wear clothing with trucks, tractors, or any kind of transportation on it – especially not construction equipment. I also swore I’d never even entertain a conversation about a potential career that is laden with danger. And yet here we are – my darling boy in a dump truck shirt, gleefully talking about becoming a firefighter. Who am I?
Now, do I really think he’ll stick with the construction and firefighter obsessions? Doubtful. First it was airplanes, then playing “fix-it” with tools, then construction, now firefighting, with a side of Legos. He’s quick to move on, but in the meantime, I’m happy to get into his latest passions and aspirations, and encourage him to explore his interests full throttle.
We play lots of pretend, watch TV shows in whatever theme he’s into (seriously, ask me how many times we’ve watched Mighty Machines on Netflix – I could sing that oh-so-catchy theme song, with enthusiasm, in my sleep! [side note: if you have a kid who loves construction, vehicles, or anything of that nature, fire up Mighty Machines and watch his or her head explode with joy]), draw pictures together (I draw a mean excavator), and read books together on whatever topic he’s currently interested in.
I distinctly remember my childhood obsessions – horses, becoming an ER doctor (for someone who ended up hating all bodily fluids, that’s a hoot), figure skating, Beanie Babies, and Sailor Moon, to name a few. It really is beyond imaginably exciting to have something else to get into again. Getting excited about your child’s passions is really one of the fun parts of being a parent – it absolutely makes you feel like a kid again.
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