Tutoring a 9 year old boy….
Kid: “My dad says when I grow up I have to be a doctor or a lawyer or someone who makes lots of money. But my teacher says I can be whatever I want to be! Right?”
Me (frustrated by this kind of parenting): “Of course you can be whatever you want to be! You have to figure out what makes YOU happy. Nobody can tell you what you can and can’t do with your life!”
Kid: “Ok good. Because I want to be a dog walker.”
Oh ok no. You can’t do that.