At the moment my son is trying to work out what which career path to follow. I told him its early days yet and he just needs to concentrate on subjects he enjoys. I also told him that he would probably change his mind a million times like I had…
Son: So what did you want to be when you were my age?
Me: I wanted to be a vet.
Son: And what did it change to?
Me: Oh lots of things. I wanted to be a teacher, a designer and even a popstar at one point!
Son: So what did you finally want to be when you were older?
Me: Well I was training to be a nurse when I became pregnant with you.
Son: So why aren’t you a nurse then?
Me: Because then I had you and I found something I wanted to be even more… A mum!
Now I thought that was a really sweet thing to say and it is the truth from my heart. But he doesn’t understand why being a mum is so important to me, however I don’t think I would have understood it at his age either.
After that, the conversation took a drastic change of direction from him…
Son: Is it actually because childcare is really expensive or because you can’t afford to go to university?
Me: No! I’m actually happy with my MUM JOB! And if I still want to be a nurse when you lot are older, I can start studying again.
Son: Yeah right! You’ll be too old by then, you’ll be ANCIENT!!!
I don’t need to tell you that I wasn’t at all impressed! I had to stop my inner lioness from erupting, I am a Leo after all! But like any parent of a teenager knows, there’s no point arguing because as far as they are concerned – they know it all! So I let that comment slide…
Hopefully one day my son will be a parent then I’ll remind him of this conversation and hopefully he will get it!