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What do little boys and girls want to grow up to be these days?

Asked by Harp (19179points) May 22nd, 2008

I suspect that the “fireman” and “astronaut” that were the ubiquitous favorites when I was a kid aren’t even on the list anymore. What’s the new stuff of dreams?

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playthebanjo's avatar

big boys and girls?

My four year old changes from day to day….cowboy, superhero, astronaut…fireman.

shrubbery's avatar

I want to be an astronaut, I’m sixteen. I guess I never grew out of my dream, and I’m not planning to. I’m prepared to do what it takes to get there; engineering, airforce, astro physics, whatever…

BirdlegLeft's avatar

Currently my ten year old would like design computer games. . . . and learn blacksmithing. His younger brother would simply like to rock.

BirdlegLeft's avatar

@shrubbery, that’s pretty awesome. Keep up the hard work. I’m pushing engineering degrees on both my children as a starting point.

playthebanjo's avatar

@Birdlegleft – the Campbell Folk School in NC ( ) has a Little/Middle Week where your 10 year old can learn blacksmithing. It’s AWESOME.

Randy's avatar

I remember when I was a little kid, I wanted to be Batman. As you can guess, I’m not Batman today. =( I would say the young ones still want to be the good ‘ole cowboys, police officers, race car drivers and doctors. The older ones still don’t have a clue, and for the adults, I’d say they want to be almost anything that they are not. Of course there are those that set themselves from the rest of the herd and want to be something that you wouldn’t think a kid would even know about, or know what they want to do after high school, or have a career that they love and can be fruitfull at. This is just my hypothesis.

@playthebanjo- “big boys and girls?” <=== AWESOME ANSWER! Hahaha!

shrubbery's avatar

Thankyou very much BirdlegLeft. Instead of encouragement I usually get a patronizing “aww isn’t that cute!” I’m not sure if that’s the path I should take yet, I have to get motivated to do some serious research as to what would be the best way for me to get to NASA, but maths is my favourite subject and my teacher reckons I can finish this year with a pretty high score so that may be the way to go.

BirdlegLeft's avatar

@shrubbery, I find it pretty refreshing to meet people who have a vision for their lives instead of a series of reactions. I am far from science-minded, but I can see the benefit of being well versed in it and math. Maybe get working on your appointment to the Airforce Academy?

BirdlegLeft's avatar

@playthebanjo, thanks for the link! Some pretty cool stuff. I wish we lived closer.

playthebanjo's avatar

OR, watch Space Camp a whole bunch of times. IMDB:

shrubbery's avatar

haha thanks for that playthebanjo :)
BirdLegLeft, I was seriously considering joining the Australian Defence Force Academy when I finish school. They pay for your degree at the University of New South Wales while training with the Army, Airforce or Navy and then they own you for how long your degree took + one year. I know two people there at the moment, one loves it and one hates it. I just don’t know if I want to commit myself to that and it not be my thing, effectively wasting about 9 years of my life. Then again, it could be the best thing I ever do and I could achieve my dream because of it. But, then again then again, if it is simply a means to an end I may not enjoy it at all… it is actually sometimes daunting knowing exactly what I want to do and getting to the point now where I have to actually decide exactly how I have to go about it, I sometimes envy my friends who don’t have a clue what they want to do, sometimes…

Harp's avatar

Wow, cowboy! I guess the classics never die. These must be Jungian archetypes of some sort.

nayeight's avatar

my 15 yr old sister wants to own her own bakery….and I’m a photographer who wanted to be a fashion designer.

eambos's avatar

For me, an engineer or maybe an architect. I’m great at math, drawing and problem solving, so maybe one day ill design or develop something amazing =)

youknowconnor's avatar

My 10 year old cousin wants to be a professional skateboarder. He’s actually won some competitions for his age group so maybe he’s on his way.

delirium's avatar

My little niece wants to be… (and I quote) “the Internet”

Harp's avatar


xxporkxsodaxx's avatar

My brother constantly changes but always something along the ling of a super hero or a TV fad. He says stuff like “I’m gunna be Ben 10”, and “I want to be Iron Man” a lot.

eambos's avatar

My 5 year old brother wants to be “Bumblebee” from Transformers!

He watches that movie everyday. I mean it’s good, but not that good.

omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar

I am 17 and really do want to be a firefighter. That was one dream that never died, and hopefully never will.

playthebanjo's avatar

I had a friend in high school who was able to become a volunteer firefighter at 17. You might check into it. He did everything the “real” firefighters did except go into burning buildings. – he did that in training situations though.

mcbealer's avatar

My son wants to be chef. Or a professional soccer player. Or professional stuntman. Or a spy.
New update next week…

playthebanjo's avatar

Wasn’t there a question last week about what we wanted to be when we were younger? How many of these answers are that different? : )

Harp's avatar

Missed that (I just started here 3 days ago). I wanted to be a mountain man.

richmarshall's avatar

My 13 year old son wants to be a marine biologist and my 11 year old daughter wants to own a flower shop. They have stuck with the same answers for a few years now.

playthebanjo's avatar

I never thought of mountain man as a career path but it makes lots of sense.

omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar

@playthebanjo: Where did he live? I would LOVE to do that, and will definitely look into it this weekend. Thanks!

buster's avatar

kids want to grow up be on the disney channel, sing pop songs on the radio, then smoke crack, get pregnant, go to rehab, and run for president.

playthebanjo's avatar

@omfg. This was in savannah, ga where I grew up. I think he worked out some class credits for it. Like an internship. It is certainly great volunteerism.

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