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I have to be honest, it always makes my heart burst when I ask Carter what she wants to be when she grows up and she answers “a mom.” I know that answer will change a million times before she gets to high school, I know it will change a few more time between high school and college, and then it will likely change once or twice during college. I know in the end, she will more than likely become something she never planned on because that is how life and careers go. And, of course, there is also a chance she will actually follow in my foot steps and become “a mom” and actually make my heart burst.
Carter and I have talked recently a little more about possible career options. She knows what her aunts and uncles do for work, what her grandmas and grandpas do for work. She knows that many of her family members work at the US Post Office, she knows that her big papa (my dad) works at “a car place” sometimes. We have gone over why some kids stay at the after school program or get picked up by their grandmas and grandpas instead of their mommies. Just because I don’t have a career doesn’t mean I don’t want her to know what is out there and what possibilities there are for career options.
After discussing this subject for a while, I was approached by Mattel for their “You Can Be Anything” Barbie campaign and I was so excited because it fit perfectly with our recent discussions on career choices. Carter was able to chose from a bunch of Barbies with different occupations and she landed of a chef! We spend a lot of time in our kitchen so I was not surprised she would show interest in a chef Barbie. Other options included a nurse, a firefighter, a pilot and an ice skater.
A few days later the chef Barbie showed up in the mail and Carter was instantly in love. She was perfectly simple and classic. Nothing too flashy, nothing breakable, nothing battery operated, just a classic Barbie. The exact type of toy I prefer my children play with because simple classic toys allow the most room for imagination. The chef theme attire included a chef’s hat and a frying pan. Chef barbie instantly became Carter’s new best friend.
Who knows what their child will grow up to become, there are an endless amount of possibilities. She just may continue to spend time with me in the kitchen and actually become a chef. She is really gifted in the math department, so she may become an engineer or a math teacher. She may grow up and become “a mom.” The choice is her’s and I am so excited to watch her make it.
Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.