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Talking about the future to build respect in the present.

by Babs Hadjusiewicz May 28, 2009

It's THINKing Thursday already. If you'll recall, on TALKing Tuesday this week, we TALKed about this important question you will pose often to your child ofWhen I Grow Up by Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz any age: "So when you grow up, who will you be?" I shared how the little book When I Grow Up came out of my own experience hearing my son at age 4 expound on who he might be one day. Rather, who he couldn't be (a fireman) due to the fact that he planned to be a daddy. So let's go back to right after I'd finished writing When I Grow Up. Off to the publisher. Done. Finished. But, in truth, I didn't feel finished...with the idea. The teacher in me sought to take that idea to older kids. I wanted to invite cooperation between children or groups of kids. I wanted readers to THINK and interact while reading. And, okay, I wanted to teach. I wanted to teach mutual respect for how life experiences find each of us playing many roles, some we choose and some that get chosen for us. So I wrote: Who Will I Be? (A poem for two voices: for phrases in parentheses, take turns reading) When I grow up,                                 When I grow up, who will I be                                        who will I be besides the person                             besides the person who is ME?                                          who is ME? If I go bowling and I jog,                   If I go bowling and I jog,pins and bowling ball pic I will be a bowler                                 I will be a bowler and a jogger.                                         and a jogger. But I'll still be ME.                              But I'll still be ME. If I make soups                                   If I make soups and chocolate cakes,                          and chocolate cakes, I will be a chef                                     I will be a chef and a baker                                          and a baker and a bowler                                        and a bowler and a jogger.                                        and a jogger. But I'll still be ME.                            But I'll still be ME.jogger female pic 3 If I get married,                                 If I get married, (I will be a wife)                                  (I will be a husband) and a chef                                           and a chef and a baker                                        and a baker and a bowler                                      and a bowler and a jogger.                                     and a jogger. But I'll still be ME.                          But I'll still be ME. jogger male pic 2If I make coats and dresses          If I make coats and dresses and suits and pants,                      and suits and pants, I will be a tailor                              I will be a tailor (and a wife)                                        (and a husband) and a chef                                       and a chef and a baker                                    and a baker and a bowler                                 and a bowler and a jogger.                                 and a jogger. But I'll still be ME.                      But I'll still be ME. If I have children                        If I have children (I will be a mommy)                     (I will be a daddy) and a tailor                                   and a tailor (and a wife)                                     (and a husband) and a chef                                     and a chefbowler pic 3 and a baker                                  and a baker and a bowler                                and a bowler and a jogger.                                 and a jogger. But I'll still be ME.                     But I'll still be ME. If I collect stamps,                      If I collect stamps, I will be a stamp collector         I will be a stamp collector (and a mommy)                           (and a daddy) and a tailor                                  and a tailor (and a wife)                                  (and a husband) and a chef                                    and a chef and a baker                                 and a baker and a bowler                               and a bowler and a jogger.                               and a jogger. But I'll still be ME.                    But I'll still be ME. If I have grandchildren,          If I have grandchildren, (I will be a grandma)                 (I will be a grandpa) and a stamp collector              and a stamp collectorseamstress pic (and a mommy)                          (and a daddy) and a tailor                                and a tailor (and a wife)                                (and a husband) and a chef                                   and a chefgrandpa reading to children pic and a baker                                and a baker and a bowler                              and a bowler and a jogger                               and a jogger BUT                                            BUT I'll still be ME!                         I'll still be ME! Copyright © 2007 Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz So, THINK with your child today. TALK about each of the many roles you and your child are playing as you experience life...the roles you've each taken on, at least, as of today. Then TALK about which additional roles each of you might fill one day in your individual or collective futures? WOW! Come back tomorrow on Free-for-All Friday to find out where in the world this Free-for-All Friday finds me!


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