How we frame the world for children impacts how they walk into their future An innocent question we ask out children may be shifting them in ways we don’t desire for them.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Copyright, Neva J. Howell
I am reading and enjoying Sweat Your Prayers by Gabrielle Roth. I was gifted the book by someone as a thank you for their receiving my free email primer on energetic healing
A statement Gabrielle made has me re-thinking something I’ve done a lot with my nieces and nephews. Gabrielle said that whenever people asked her what she was going to be when she grew up, the question left her feeling she should know something she did not know or that who she was, was not enough.
I thought about that. It hasn’t been a month ago that I asked my 6-year old nephew Preston, what do you want to be when you grow up?
I remember his hesitation and then the words “I don’t know”.
I could see the question confused him. Was his little brain thinking, oh, I have to be something else when I grow up? How can I know what that is? Why can’t I just be me?
Maybe a better question might be:
What do you think you might love doing when you grow up?
When we ask what do you want to be when you grow up, we may be unintentionally causing stress in a young person who feels that who they are, who they are being, is enough until we ask them this question. Why not let who they are being, be enough?
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