So You Wanted to be an Astronaut?

So You Wanted to be an Astronaut?

My wife was saying to me the other day why we even bother with buying toys for our children (or why did Santa visit).  My kids spend most of their time using their imagination with all the material we wouldn’t expect them to play with, mostly cardboard. 

They are into building forts, experiments, models with simple cardboard from mostly my amazon.com shipments.

I find my kids watching marathons of Myth-busters.  I never would have thought to even try to watch these programs, but it gained my interest.  A funny thing happened.  I didn’t care about only football anymore.  Instead of trying to force my kids to playing sports, I’m just going with the flow to see what their interests are.

Passion rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all things alive and significant.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The other day I found my son surfing the web for species on cactus.  He designed an terrarium on paper and begged me to buy the supplies for him.  Once all the supplies were gathered he disappeared down the basement and when he emerged he implemented a nice terrarium.

The only thing I can do as a parent, is to allow my children to experiment. I’ll give them the tools, lead them to ideas, but ultimately allow them to discover their passion. Anyone who works at a place they do not enjoy is because they lack passion. Unfortunately, we were told as children, that it is great you want to be an astronaut, or work with animals, but it doesn’t pay a good salary or it’s unrealistic.

I’m going to keep feeding their interests and who knows where it may lead, but it would be a travesty to force your children to do something for the wrong reasons.