Nearly every morning my five year old twins wake up at around 6am which is ok because they are usually fast asleep by 6.45pm every night.
The downside for me is that once I’m awake that’s it, I can’t go back to sleep, so I generally get up with the them, while their mum lies in bed with her eye mask on and earplugs in, dreaming in the land of nod. Haha!
I always sit with the girls on the sofa while they watch CBeebies and it’s a time of day I love, because they chat away about all sorts of things and recently they have been telling me what they want to be when they grow up. THis has been very enlightening to say the least. I often wonder how they are influenced, what do they watch or see that puts these things in their minds? It’s always fascinated me.
I have written on numerous occasions how very different my twin girls are in personality, character and their tastes are miles apart when I wrote Superhero v Princess it just summed them up perfectly.
So the other morning we were chatting about what jobs they wanted to do and it gave me a glimpse into the future when possibly there will be no gender inequality and women will be seen as a mans equal. Sadly this is still many years away, but maybe just maybe we are finally moving in the right direction.
Firstly R told me that she wanted to be vet or farmer, or in fact both although there are many female vets it’s still is a male dominant profession. Farmers on the other hand is very much a male dominated profession. It’s great though that she is thinking outside of the usual stereotypical roles or jobs that society thinks women should do.
On the other hand her sister has a completely different idea and also is going to be very busy. When I asked her what she was going to be when she was older, she reeled off a list of things, teacher, doctor, nurse, gymnast, ballet dancer and oh, a farmer and a vet too. Where she is going to fit all of this in I really don’t know!
The most interesting point of our conversations was that both the girls at five years of age have no boundaries to what they want to be when they are older. Is this just the innocence of childhood or are the aspirations of this generation greater and believe they can actually achieve anything? Which of course they will able to, as long as society stops putting boundaries on women in particular.
The stereotyping of women is abhorrent in society and I’m hoping that by the time my five year old twins are ready to step out in the big wide world. Society will be embracing women as engineers, surgeons, road workers or indeed hairdressers, beauticians, in fact absolutely anything. It does seem that at five years old my girls believe. Here is hoping that society doesn’t condition them to think otherwise.
Do your little ones tell you what they want to be when they are older? I would love to hear.