What do you want to be when you grow up?

My son constantly debates whether to be an astronaut, a police officer, a secret agent, or a gamer.  The debate takes place every day,”Mom, I could be a police officer like my uncle or maybe it would be better to be a gamer and play video games all day!  But maybe that would be boring after a while…” on and on. I remember having similar dreams when I was a kid but no one ever explained how I could make it happen.

I want my son to have a different experience.  I want him to see that he really can be anything he wants to be. His dreams can come true with some planning and some focus.  My goal is that he meet people with these careers and interview them if possible, so he will one day be able to make career decisions based on facts.

So far he has met a couple of police officers, including his uncle. Recently a friend of a friend introduced us to a gamer. My son walked away from both feeling like he would like either. He wants to practice shooting a gun and he wants to spend two days playing video games all day to further analyze these career choices.

Of course we are supplementing all of this field research with books and other media. However nothing beats hands on experience.  So when I read that the Kennedy Space Center has a astronaut training experience I saw a perfect opportunity for my son to find out if being an astronaut is for him. Check out http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/astronaut-training-experience.aspx

Now, how do we go about interviewing a spy?

Article By Nuria Almeida

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