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    What does your kid(s) want to be when they grow up? I ask this cause mine has been saying he wants to be an engineer for a few months now. Since he is good in math and all. But today we had a big fight over spelling. I know we are not supposed to fight w/ our kids over school but today was an out and out fight. Yesterday we had a disagreement over spelling, too.

    As a result of our fight/disagreement/argument what ever you want to call it. I started asking more questions of what kind of engineer he wants to be. We discovered he wants to be a structional engineer. We then moved forward and looked up at or local collage (SPC) what it would take to get a degree in engineering. BOY was he shocked when we read he has to have a AS and a BS. When we were reading through the list of classes he would need to take for these degrees, a few stood out to us that would be ALL reading not just math, the OSHA class was one of them.

    So he now knows what he needs to do, now I need to figure out some things to help keep him interested. Any ideas?
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    She is going to be a veterinarian...or a planetary explorer...or a carrier of torches and pitch forks against government oppression. This is before breakfast.
    After breakfast she is going to be a vet, breed horses, research why dogs are not supposed to have avocados, and come up with a new name for a number that is a googleplex of googleplexes and instead of carrying the torches and pitch forks, she wants to own a factory that will manufacture those implements, figuring she will corner the market should they ever be needed. By lunch, she is going to be a vet, AND never going to college because I made her do spelling words. She is 10 btw.

    In what are you wanting to keep him interested? In doing spelling today? In learning the math necessary to get him through engineering school? Exposing him to different forms of engineering? Maybe let him do an independant research project. My daughter gets a large charge out of doing those. You get in a little math, a little spelling, a little writing, art, and they get to learn more about a subject that is near and dear to them. We have done projects on dinosaurs, volcanos, Egypt, the Medieval time period. I use independant research projects as rewards...if you get x, y, and z done today you can work on your project this afternoon.

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    Humm...it's pretty interesting but I'm not seriously considering their aims and career options. I like to see just with the up and downs moments of life where they place themselves.

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    When my daughter was 5 she wants to be an airforce pilot, she turned 6 she wants to be a doctor to cure sick babies, then she saw her grandma's sick horse and she wants to be a doctor to cure horses,
    then she wants to be a model, then wants to be a singer.....down to a waitress! This week im still waiting what she wants to be...it changes every bloody minute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MamaToHerRoo View Post
    She is going to be a veterinarian...or a planetary explorer...or a carrier of torches and pitch forks against government oppression. This is before breakfast.
    After breakfast she is going to be a vet, breed horses, research why dogs are not supposed to have avocados, and come up with a new name for a number that is a googleplex of googleplexes and instead of carrying the torches and pitch forks, she wants to own a factory that will manufacture those implements, figuring she will corner the market should they ever be needed. By lunch, she is going to be a vet, AND never going to college because I made her do spelling words. She is 10 btw.
    That's too cute;-)

    Brandy, The only one who is consistent is Seth. (no surprise there, huh?) He wants to be a paramedic. Even Brandon doesn't know yet what he wants and he graduated. "I" didn't start nursing school until 26.
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    My son tells me that he wishes to be a constructor when he grows. He likes looking at skyrocket buildings.

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    How old is your son, Brandy?

    My eldest son, who always wanted to be a paleontologist ended up as a computer electronics technician.

    The daughter who always wanted to be a chef tried taking business courses in college and hated it. She was a restaurant manager for three years and is currently training as a cook at a retirement home.

    My middle son, who will graduate from our home school this year, wants to own his own computer-related business.

    My middle daughter wants to be a teacher.

    My youngest daughter keeps changing her mind, although she once told me she wants to be a cherry when she grows up.

    My youngest son is too small to even believe he will ever grow up.

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    My son who is 7 wants to be either a chef or 'someone who studies animals'. He latter is now the #1 choice lately and he has decided to be a chef on the side..lol. Well, I think this is great that he loves animals, because in our area we have several 'field trip' opportunities to support this.

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    It is an incorporation of a lot of things. Whatever degree he wants, definitely he'll have to undergo a few minor subjects. Good thing that you checked what he needs and at least as early as now he knows what he has to do to prepare.
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    I don't think my son has any concept of a 'job' much less being a grown up *L*....I think it's great that you looked up the requirements for an engineering degree. Now give him a "construction project" like a tetrahedron kite......you just need straws, string, tissue paper and glue..and scissors. Have him google "tetrahedron kites" and you get a bunch of listings that have history, templates and directions for free. Get him a little notebook, like a Moleskine and have him keep a record of this building project; notes, diagrams, thoughts, ideas for improvement, etc. It might give him a little taste that will encourage him despite the writing involved. just a thought........deni........
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