What does your child want to be when they grow up?

What does your child want to be when they grow up? I was having a conversation with LB this morning and she asked me want I wanted to be when I was growing up.

I had to think for a moment, what did I want to be?

  • A teacher
  • A vet
  • A horse riding instructor
  • A stable hand in the Police (looking after the police horses).
  • A spy
  • and probably many more

After telling her everything I could remember I asked LB why, she replied. “Because I want to be so much I can’t decide”. “I want to be….

  • A ballerina
  • A vlogger
  • A cheerleader and street dancer
  • A teacher
  • Work with horses
  • I want to work in a beauty, makeup and hairdressing shop. I want to be the boss of people in the shop too”.

Our conversation ended with me saying be whatever you want to be and as you grow older your ideas may change or stay the same. I’m sure if LB had her way she will be able to do all of the above!

LB you are so young, so lively and so ambitious. Please don’t think about growing up just yet. Be a child and enjoy it! Jump in those puddles and soak yourself! Sit on blueberries and stain my sofa, where 10 lots of outfits everyday and leave the rest sprawled all over my house because before long you will be needing to tidy up your own place (I hope), make your own choices and decide on grown up things yourself.

Just be you!



  1. August 21, 2018 / 8:46 am

    Like you I wanted to be so many things when I was growing up, a singer, a teacher, an air hostess and lots more so when I ask my kids I was quite surprised when my 16 year old said she wanted to work in equity finance, my 14 year old wants to join the army, my 9 year old shrugged his shoulders and heaven knows what the 3 year old will say!

    • rachelsdiary
      August 27, 2018 / 2:12 pm

      Wow so your oldest two are already focused on their future. I hope your youngest two enjoy their childhood before they decide 🙂

  2. August 21, 2018 / 12:34 pm

    I love this post! I couldn’t agree more to children just enjoying being themselves, in the now. Your one sounds like she’s keeping her options open. Just as she should be?

    • rachelsdiary
      August 27, 2018 / 2:10 pm

      Yes let them enjoy their childhood for as long as possible. I hope she has many more ideas before she becomes an adult and has to decide 🙂

  3. August 21, 2018 / 10:44 pm

    We have a shared love of horses! I always wanted to be in the mounted police too. It’s so hard to imagine now what our little ones might actually be when they grow up. But I’m similar to you, I just want them to stay little forever! Xx

    • rachelsdiary
      August 27, 2018 / 2:08 pm

      Did you! I do wonder how my life would be if my career went that way. The thought of my girls all grown up and working is sad. I don’t want them growing up yet! I want them to embrace their childhood while they are still young!

  4. August 22, 2018 / 3:49 pm

    Lovely post! That photo is amazing – my daughter loves puddle jumping too! Currently my 3 yr old wants to be a doctor – she’s obsessed with Dr Ranj on Cbeebies…

    • rachelsdiary
      August 27, 2018 / 2:05 pm

      Thanks – I know that photo was pure great timing! Dr Ranj is a good role model 🙂

  5. August 22, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    Ballerina and hairdresser always come up on my daughters list when I ask her too. I agree it’s good to encourage them to be open minded and see where life takes them.

    • rachelsdiary
      August 27, 2018 / 2:05 pm

      Absolutely! Our children have to decide how they want to live their lives 🙂

  6. August 22, 2018 / 7:49 pm

    My son had to take his GCSE’s a year earlier than normally and I found it so hard for him to have to decide what subjects he was going to take and make decisions.

    • rachelsdiary
      August 27, 2018 / 2:03 pm

      Its so hard! My teen had to choose her options too this year. She wants to be a vet but even then it wasn’t easy to choose.

  7. August 22, 2018 / 8:57 pm

    I wanted to be a lawyer or a doctor until I hot to my teens then science won out. My son has been asking can he go into space so I’m sure if I asked him he’d say a spaceman. He’s 4!

    • rachelsdiary
      August 27, 2018 / 2:01 pm

      As long as you did something that you wanted to do. A spaceman, why not!

  8. August 23, 2018 / 11:47 am

    Amazing! I think children are exposed to so many more career options than we were. If I’d said I wanted to be a dancer when I was younger, it would have been shot down instantly and I would have been pushed towards a “proper” job. When I was younger I wanted to be a vet and for some reason I was bullied in secondary school about that and it completely put me off my dream. It’s really sad and I will encourage Luke to do anything he wants to do, despite what anyone says to him. Like you say, just be yourself!

    • rachelsdiary
      August 27, 2018 / 2:00 pm

      Oh how sad you were bullied into changing your mind. Let our children dream big and pursue their dreams 🙂

  9. August 24, 2018 / 6:49 pm

    My eldest has decided he wants to be a dinosaur hunter, a marine biologist and a builder, all rolled into one. I love how their imaginations take over and they are not held back by preconceived ideas xx

    • rachelsdiary
      August 27, 2018 / 1:58 pm

      Love your sons ideas 🙂

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