Skip to main content

Everybody’s Gotta Have a Dream…Right?

My kids have updated their lists of what they want to be when they grow up.

I mean, they are 8 and 6 years old now. Totally an advanced enough age to have a rational change of heart about their futures. 

I’m not trying to guide them in any direction. Not yet.

Mind you, I don’t see myself as the kind of person who will try to force her kids into one job or another. 

I had some dreams as a kid, and they didn’t work out for me. Mostly because I didn’t have my parents’ support. They didn’t think my choices were the right ones, and stood in the way. They were doing it to “help” me.

I know I’m not the only one who experienced this. 

It just took me extra time and effort to get where I wanted to be, and to accept that some of my dreams might not ever come true. I had to pick and choose as an adult, and I won’t complain about the dream I chose. I’m busting my butt to make it come true, every day. Fighting to make it come true is making me happier than I’ve ever been.

Yet, I hope when they day comes when my own kids have their most fully-formed dreams, they will trust my judgement when they ask my opinion.

I know them better than they know themselves, sometimes. 

Whether I tell them how to reach those dreams or think there is a similar dream they might be better suited for that they didn’t even know existed, I hope they hear me out and I hope I handle it the right way. I hope they feel encouraged, supported, and heard.

I hope they work hard to prove me wrong, if I am wrong.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended for You

I don’t need them to be something I’m not or fulfill a dream of my own that I didn’t get to achieve. I just want them to find what’s right for them, and do whatever it takes to make it happen. 


Maybe not quite yet. 

But some day.

~ ~ ~

Me: What do you guys want to be when you grow up?

6yo Daughter: I know! An artist, work in a pizza place, and be on SpongeBob.

8yo Son: I can’t decide. I want to work in a pizza place, too. And be a game show host. And be a cat burglar like on theNationwide commercialbecause that means I can have as many TVs as I want.

6yo Daughter: ME, TOO! ME, TOO! I wanna be a cat burglar, too! We can wear all black and do flips and have TVs in our rooms!

Me: Well. I guess everybody’s gotta have a dream…right?

So, what are YOUR kids’ dream careers right now?


Image placeholder title

Party Planning Done Right

I know I’m not the only parent who is anxious to see what her kids will be when they grow up.

Image placeholder title

Conversations I Don’t Want to Have With My Kids

It wasn’t the first break-in that has ever happened.

What of our Dreams?

I distinctly remember a conversation Brian and I had when we were dating. We were hiking to the top a mountain peak in our home-state Utah, and he asked me what I wanted to do with my life.

Zen Board

Fall Goals and My Dream Board

This time of year is like the 2nd "New Years". What's next for our kids and the school year, what's next for the holidays, and what's next for us personally.

Image placeholder title

The Treasures They Hold

Most parents spend their days collecting moments.

Image placeholder title


observations -by - the- pool

Image placeholder title

Dress Shopping with a Six-Year-Old Stylist

There was no way I could get out of it: I had to take at least one kid dress shopping with me.