Did you enjoy pretending that you were an architect building huge structures with blocks or Lego's? Or did you prefer to play outside that you were on an expedition looking for dinosaur bones? Or did you favor making your own library where you were the librarian?
As a child I had two primary types of pretend play I enjoyed. The first was that I was a mommy. At one point I remembering deciding that I wanted to be the mommy to 8 babies. My friend Shelly quickly shot that idea down telling me that she sometimes pretended she had 10 babies, but then days would go by without thinking about one of them and that was just wrong to forget about your children. Her rational made sense at the time.
And today as the mother to two, who lucky has not forgotten about either of her babies, I realize Shelly had a good point. I do not think I could adequately keep up with eight.
I pretty much looked like that all through school. Not exactly the coolest girl on the block. And add to that a heaping helping of quietness
What is even more odd is that regardless of that negative experience I had in school I went on to get a degree in education and have been a teacher in one way or another since.
I have given this a lot of thought. Why is it that I decided to pursue a career in a setting I hated so much? My family wanted me to become a nurse, but I quickly dismissed it. Why? I would have certainly made more money and I could have still been in a "helping" career (which was important to me).
But, nonetheless I went into education and though I no longer teach in a school, I am still in that field.
I believe that the play I enjoyed as a little girl lead me to the path I am on. I had an aptitude for working with young children and then I was given an opportunity to foster that aptitude through the type of play to which I was given access.
Now, as a mother to a preschooler and toddler I think a lot about the kind of people they are going to become. Please don't mistake what I am saying. I fully am enjoying the people they ARE now, but I do think about who they are becoming.
I love to watch them play and how they each have distinctive interest and styles in their play.
Bub loves to pretend his is a policeman, or a bounty hunter, or a monster hunter, or animal rescuer, or detective, or any other role he can think up where he helps the good guy and gets the bad. He loves to collect clues and figure mysteries out.
|Bub on a mystery hunt while in the hospital.|
I wonder if this is a sneak peek into who he is going to be someday? And more importantly, if this is something he has an aptitude towards, what can do to encourage it so he can develop it to his fullest potential?
Goose is just beginning to formally engage in pretend play and it seems to focus largely around animals, but I am equally as interested to see what it is that makes her tick.
|Goose, the Dog Trainer.|
What are your thoughts? Do you see traits of the type of play you enjoyed as a child in the type of work you do (or would like to do) today? How about your children? What do they enjoy and what do you do to encourage them?
|My bounty hunter and puppy.|