I say had because those were our dreams before having children and now that we are parents we care much more about our children finding their interests, their strengths and their place in this world more than having them live up to our expectations of them.
In fact, it's quite fun seeing their personalities emerging, growing and changing and making guesses at what their possible professions will be. They both are very musical - will they become musicians, dancers or singers? McGee is very mechanical and analytical - will he become an engineer or inventor? Miss Em loves to be goofy and make people laugh - is their life as a stand-up comedian or entertainer in her future? McGee is extremely caring and nurturing and loves to take care of people - will he be a doctor or nurse? Miss Em is drawn to animals and mothering - will she become a veterinarian?
We have no idea what their futures hold (and it's probably better that way), but here are some of the expectations and hopes we DO wish for our children:
- accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, loving and serving Him with their whole hearts
- loving others and living by the Golden Rule (you know, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."?)
- finding a career they enjoy and can work hard at while glorifying God
- marrying a Bible-believing husband/wife that will cherish and adore them, with a marriage that will weather the ups and downs of life as a testament to their faith and love
- having respect for authority and honesty in their words and deeds
- respecting and obeying their parents (us!) and building us a lovely retirement home in their backyard (just kidding....sort of). :)
I'm sure there are other more, but those are just the few that are tumbling out of my mind at the moment. What hopes or expectations do you have for your children? Were there expectations your parents had for you? Do you think they were good or bad and did you live up to them? I'm interested and would love to hear about it in the comments.