Inspiration, Vocation, Dedication

This is only interesting if you have kids I know, but I cannot believe how ill I already feel about my kids’ education (age 6, 4 and 1). With Olly, a summer baby boy (if you have the chance folks, avoid this combination), I really want to keep him interested in school, despite being nearly a year younger than many in his class (believe me the difference between a seven year old girl and a six year old boy is phenomenal). So the key for me is inspiration. I think that if you are inspired then you apply yourself more, and if you are really lucky you can even be inspired vocationally. So I am looking for a way in which I can give my kids access to inspiring, vocationally dedicated people who can give them insights into the possibilities for their future. Wouldn’t it be great if during the course of their school life they could meet and really get to know scientists, sportsmen, artists, writers, doctors, gardeners, chefs, lawyers, deep sea divers, acrobats and model village makers. In fact anyone who loves what they do. If I could have met as a child even a few of the interesting people I have met since I’ve grown up, I am sure it would have opened up the world to me, given me more of an idea what to do with my life, and encouraged me to follow my own dreams as well.


  • I’m sure that’s true, though I’m not sure at six you realise there is a life and career to work out out there. I wish someone had pointed out to me that you can do anything you want. It took me ten years after leaving school early to work that out. And I’m still trying to put it into practice. I look at my boy, who is also six, and envy him his opportunity. I tell him he can do anything he wants, anything. And I believe it. And you can be sure I’ll be there, making sure he doesn’t forget – even if it is just smoke dope for a few years. Well, not yet anyway. Good luck!

  • Ivan, hi. Oliver has already decided on a career, and an informed choice it seems to be. Although he started out wanting to be a newspaper delivery man, he has found out recently that postmen get their own bike so has opted for that. Billie (age 4) has rather predictably opted for policewoman during the day and princess at night. Rosa (1) seems destined only for a life of crime, but if the pay is good, I shan’t complain. But I agree with you on how long it can take to get to where you really want to go. Finally after nearly twenty years since leaving full time education I have started to work on something I love…I’m glad to hear that the same is happening for you.

  • Was listening idly to The Learning Curve yesterday and they had an item on this exactly:

    From September nurseries as well as primary schools in Derby will be admitting only in the September term. This change is part of a long term consultation in Derby’s early years’ provision which aims to give all children an equal entitlement to the Foundation Stage of education.

    Not every one is happy about the change and Simon Birkett, parent and governor at the Whitecross Nursery in Derby explains why he favours the old system of admission twice a year.’

    As for careers, both mine had long decided on their careers, but Felix has gone a bit quiet on his since he learned to read. Constance is still committed to the old ‘solicitor by day and clown by night’ track, which closely apes her mothers career trajectory :-). Anyhow, keep writing about kids, gives me something to relate to. Cheers.

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