My three boys might be little, but they all have big dreams. They want to be policemen, firemen, teachers. They want to be astronauts and fishermen. They want to be doctors and nurses. They want to fly planes and helicopter and be the captain of a big ship.
I want them to know that they can be whatever they want to be if they put their minds to it.
Every night the three of them go to their rooms and settle down with a book. Those books touch their imagination and play a huge part in their dreams. That’s why I love the project that Room To Grow is working on to celebrate last month’s World Book Day and International Women’s Month.
The three beautiful books that we were sent by Little People, Big Dreams all focus on inspirational women from history – Marie Curie, Amelia Earhart and Frida Kahlo. It doesn’t matter to us, as a family with boys, that they focus on women. I want them to grow up knowing that women can be what they want to be as well. They’ve seen me, their mum, have a whole career change and doing a job that I love. I hope I’ve inspired them, and that they will know that it doesn’t matter how old you are, you can follow your dream. Ben loves planes, so he was fascinated by the story of Amelia Earhart, the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic. Harrison loves playing doctors, so the story of Marie Curie really grabbed his interest.
Since reading these, Harrison has talked more and more about becoming a doctor so that he can help people, just like Marie Curie. I know that as the years go on, he might change his mind and want to be something else. We’ll be behind him, encouraging him to be what he wants to be.
For now, he’ll read his books and dream big.