My #1 Rule for Raising Kids

When I was a kid, I wanted to be one of two things: a garbageman or a weatherman.

How cool is a garbage collector? You chuck trash into a truck, watch it get chewed up, and hang off the back of the truck as it goes! Plus, say "hi" to everyone. To this day, I've never met a grumpy garbage collector. They're always dishing out the biggest waves and smiles.

I also liked the weather. When I was little, the weather scared me. What do you mean a hurricane has an eye? Like an actual eye? What kind of monster is this? The more I learned, the more weather fascinated me. The power of storms was captivating. I never wanted to be on television, but the only person I saw with a weather job was a TV weather person. So, I thought, that's what I'll do.



My parents didn't deter me. Get an education. Be a good person. Hopefully, the rest falls into place.

Now, I'm the parent.

My oldest, Dylan, wants to be a pilot. That's awesome! Aimee and I have big plans that he'll fly us around during our retirement — for a solid discount! He also wants to be a race car driver, movie director, cartoonist, and YouTuber.



My middle son, Carter, wants to be a video game maker. Super cool! Plus, there are lots of good schools right near us that specialize in this, so maybe he'll stay close to home. He also wants to be a YouTuber, author, and run a large farm with hundreds of pugs.



My youngest, Grady, wants to be a veterinarian. He is skittish of animals. However, this drives him to learn more — much like I did with the weather. He loves his puppy and when she chews something she shouldn't, he fishes it out. He also wants to be a YouTuber, construction worker, and a stay-at-home dad.



What's my #1 rule as a dad? Don't crush their dreams — any of them!

I get it — they may not do everything. And, as they learn more about what it takes to do these things, they might change their minds. But I am sure as heck not going to crush their dreams.

These days, there is more opportunity to do various things. With the internet, you can dabble in side projects, like YouTube or blogging. While working as a full-time pilot, you can write a movie script.

Don't crush their dreams. Encourage them to be a good person, help others, and work hard. Let them go for it and use their one life to the best of their ability.

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  1. No doubt your kids will grow up and have great jobs that they love doing. Like the pilot idea so he can fly his parents around the world!

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  2. A blondie I know wants to be a pilot too! We should have them do the EAA together just down the road from you! She loved doing the flying...

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    1. Consider it done! And yup, Dylan has his flight training all mapped out. They'll fly all of us around one day :)

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  3. I love this ❤️ kids should have dreams ! Big dreams ! They should believe that they can accomplish anything they set out to do ! God's word says I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me ! Phillipians: 4:13

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  4. Love all the aspirations your boys have. Always good to dream. Hey you are close to Disney where all dreams come true.
    My Dad never discouraged me from trying something new. He might have given his opinion and advise, but never said, don't try that. At 69 and retired I think I turned out okay.
    Discount flights with in flight video games sounds good and maybe free vet visits.

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    1. HAHA! And yes, I'd say you turned out more than just okay!!

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  5. We feel the same way. Our daughter has said she wants to be an astronaut, baker, veterinarian - she has stuck with wanting to be a veterinarian for many years - only thing is she doesn't like needles. The only job we have discouraged her from (actually her dad said she couldn't go into is EMT/Paramedic), because he has done the job & knows all about it. He doesn't want her to deal with the stuff he has dealt with (and still does in his mind) from the job. We always tell her she can be what she wants to be when she grows up (she's 16).

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    1. You bring up an interesting point...when it's something you have done (like your husband knowing about being an EMT). Have a great day, Bonnie!

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  6. I have always believed that you should raise your children according to who they want to be - not who you want them to be. I wanted my daughter to be a model. I raised her to be a world champion dancer. I wanted my son to be a stand up comedian. I raised him to become a massage therapist. I didn’t do anything but support them in their goals. Sure was a lot easier too! Good job, Brian!!

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  7. I notice that all 3 boys included being a You tuber as one of their options. Interesting. If any of them follow up on that, you may never have to worry about becoming empty nesters. LOL But I agree, never discourage your kids ambitions, they will probably change their minds several times before finding the path that fits them.

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    1. HA yes! The YouTube thing is interesting, to say the least :)

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  9. I love this and fully agree. My youngest is determined that she wants to be a famous singer. As someone who also had that dream, I realize what a long shot it is but still don't discourage her. Just because I couldn't make it happen doesn't mean she won't. Someone has to; why not her? I'll be first in line for every album release!

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    1. This is the sweetest thing ever! #AmazingParenting

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