I was a high school English teacher when Seth was born. And my first year of teaching I received a lot of information from experienced teachers and one that I particularly loved was information and a book from Dr. Harry Wong. He’s just a brilliant educator and had such good common sense advice for new teachers.
One of the things that he said was that his parents told him from a very young age that he would be a doctor. He said that they told him this frequently so he knew when he was older he was going to be a doctor — he became a doctor of education.
So I started this philosophy with Seth at a very young age and told him that he would do something great, and I chose veterinarian. So I told him from a very young age that he would be a veterinarian. At the age of 14,n when asked, he says he’s going be a veterinarian.
However, the way that he is with our dog, my husband and I have told him that he should not become a veterinarian. He doesn’t really have a fondness for animals, so now I’m talking to him about the fact that I wanted him to aspire to something great which would push him further than just getting a bachelor’s degree. Recently, he’s been talking about engineering.
With the things that he likes to work on, engineering is a good start. But there’s so many other things out there that I really want him to research what he will do withe rest of his life further.
Is this the right approach to getting your kids to aspire to greatness – I have no idea. But I hope that he realizes that we believe and support the idea that he can do anything – as I truly do.
Mom’s Daily Links:
- The Mists of Avalon – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Heartbleed Bug
- Emerald Insight | Aslib Proceedings | Post-structuralism, hypertext, and the World Wide Web
- Metanarrative – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Hands-on: Narrative, the iPhone-compatible, wearable lifeblogging camera
- Narrative and Technology
- Tony Fahey’s Philosophy Blog: Postmodernism, Lyotard, and Derrida
- What Google’s Stock Split Means for You – MoneyBeat – WSJ
Mom’s Daily Photos:
She’s crashed on the way to school
Long morning – driving Seth to school in Baton Rouge, back to Prairieville to drop of Gabrielle and back to Baton Rouge to work – Second time I passed that sign this morning.