Help Your Elementary School Youngster Learn About Work
As a farm kid, I had not seen a locomotive before and couldn’t identify a picture of it when I first entered orthopedic school during an IQ test (to the chagrin of my new teacher), but my mom countered, “What do you expect? He’s a kid from a rural area.”
I knew what a carpenter was, though. My great grandfather always had a hammer in his overalls and was the fix-it person around the farm. One day my grandmother asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I replied, “Carpenter.”
Keeping in mind my cerebral palsy, she scoffed, much to my disappointment and confusion. “You better think of something else,” she replied sharply.
What I didn’t articulate at the time and she didn’t understand is that I wanted to be a “builder.”
But, by the time I was 10, I had a pretty good feel for what people did for a living and what job titles were all about.
And, I knew I wanted to build things through writing.
Jim Hasse, founder of cerebral-palsy-career-builders.com (the career-coaching guide for parents of CP youngsters) is an Accredited Business Communicator and Global Career Development Facilitator. He has CP. See http://www.cerebral-palsy-career-builders.com/career-information-for-kids.html
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