Do you talk to your kids about what they want to be when they grow up? I’m guessing the answer is yes. I know it’s a common conversation between parents and children, and it’s one we love to have at the Blair house. I get a kick out of getting a glimpse of what’s going through my children’s heads and how they envision adulthood. Plus it’s fun to see their career choices change as they learn more about the possible options.
In addition to being fun conversations to have, I think discussions about the future can help kids understand cause and effect in the here and now. It’s easier to practice your scales today, if you envision your future self as a successful musician. So Ben Blair thought up an awesome little printable that the kids could engage with, and that we can revisit every year or so as they grow. Our friend, James Messina, loves creating coloring pages, so we asked him to draw one up for us. It turned out perfect! Think of it as a way to help your kids envision their future self — and prep them to get there!
The printable includes an outline of a child on the left side, blank space in the middle with numbers, and an outline of an adult on the right side. Our kids color in the child’s outline with their own details (their hair, their eye color, their favorite outfit). Then, they color in the adult outline with details of how they picture their future self. At the moment, Oscar envisions himself as a Marine Biologist. Betty envisions herself as a Pop Star. And little June envisions herself as a Police Officer. Love it!
Between the two outlines, the kids make a list of things they can do right now to become that future self. For example, Betty can take dance classes, Oscar can study more sea-life books, and all of them can make smart food choices — veggies, milk and whole grains — so they’ll grow healthy and strong.
Our youngest three had a great time coloring in their sheets, and it was delightful to see their excitement mount as they made an actionable list toward attaining that future goal. I was surprised how empowered they seemed to feel — they can choose to create the life they want! If you think your kids would be interested, you can download the free printable here. As a bonus, the border is filled with objects that can prompt possible career ideas — and are fun to color in, too!
What sorts of careers are your kids thinking of these days? Do they lean toward classic childhood visions of astronauts, ballerinas and race car drivers? Or have they settled on something out of the ordinary? And have any of your kids stayed with a plan over several years? (Our oldest child, Ralph, has wanted to be a filmmaker since he was ten.) I’d love to hear what your kids are thinking of!