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Michelle Williams Wants Her Daughter Matilda to be a Doctor

I'm Asking: Did Your Parents Have a Career in Mind For You?

Michelle Williams's daughter, Matilda, is only 3 years old, but Michelle already has an idea of what she'd like her adorable daughter to be when she grows up. The actress said she doesn't want to raise Matilda in Los Angeles "for all the obvious reasons. Being an actor's daughter. It's a town that's about one thing, and I want her to have options." Instead, Michelle has hopes that her li'l one will someday be a doctor.

Did your parents have a career in mind for you, and did their dreams for you come true?


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bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
My mom pressured me a lot growing up. It wasn't fun and I did not appreciate it even though I know she was trying to "help" me.
lindssaurussss lindssaurussss 8 years
my parents and relatives always wanted me to go into art. even as a kid just because i knew alot about colors could draw. went to art school and unfortunatley havent found a job. i feel upset. and my parents blame themselves for not giving me other options only that i was going to go into art. never mentioning i could go into nursing, teaching, engineering or business. but at the same time i dont think i would of been interested in engineering or business, i hate math and business kinda bores me. i dont blame them because i enjoy art and they saw something in that when i was little. but when i have kids im def gonna show them and give them as many options as i can.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 8 years
oh dang wish i could delete the first one
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 8 years
no they are really open. but my grandparents thought that i should forgo university and go into interior design since i used to move our furniture around all the time^^ and although i would never want to go back and give up my uni years, i would probably me happier in my career if i had listened to them. sometimes older ppl just understand things better
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 8 years
no they are really open. but my grandparents thought that i should forgo university and go into interior design since i used to move our furniture around all the time^^ and although i would never want to go back and give up my uni years, i would probably me happier in my career if i had listened to them.
cupcakers cupcakers 8 years
My parents are supportive of anything I do, but my dad does voice that I should have gotten into health care since I won't have to worry about my future in that. My mom wanted me to be a fashion designer because ever since I was a little one I used to draw clothes, sew clothes for my barbies. Now, well I don't know what I'm going to be, but they are great with whatever decision I make
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
For a reason my mom wanted me to be an IT and subtly pushed it, but no way, I am proud of the decision I took.
luna08 luna08 8 years
My dad and most of my mentor's encouraged me to go into teaching because they think I'm really good at it. The thing is I HATE it. I do love teaching classes at my church though, that's pure joy for me. I don't think my parents ever imagined me going into the career I did, but they're entirely supportive.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
they wanted me to do something like work in a bank, paint houses, teach. something with ZERO risk. and i just realized that i have been encouraging my girls to do the same. i need to stop that and encourage them to follow their passions. talking to my parents about jobs use to depress me. they both hated their jobs but stayed for financial security. i don't want that for my girls. glowingmoon, lol at "and i tune out their beat", good for you :)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Yes, they did, and to their chagrin, I had my own ideas. :) Let's just say I march to the beat of my own drum, and I tune out their beat. :)
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I should add that even though I didn't do either thing my parents wanted me to do, they have been incredibly supportive and never fail to tell me how proud they are of me.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
Of course. They wanted me to have better than what they of course it was doctor or pharmacist [both of my parents were pharamacists]. They didn't know anything else about any other academic areas - all they knew was that the health professions doesn't hurt as much in an economic recession [people are always going to get sick/have health problems], and why not do something that makes as much money as possible so you don't have to worry about not being able to do whatever else you want to do because of it? Unfortunately, I made a very strong [emotional] decision to pursue research instead. My dad doesn't know anything about it, but he doesn't want me or my brother to become "statistics" [people who had the opportunity to make more money to gain more social and economic mobility, but didn't in the interest of "doing what you love to do" first], so he's not *as* supportive as you would want a parent to be. But he didn't stop me! So I guess that's a plus. :D
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
My dad wanted me to be an accountant and my mom wanted me to be a nurse. I hate math and there is no way I'd ever be able to give someone a shot or start an IV.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
My parents never really told me that they wanted me to be a doctor, but they really REALLY encouraged it. I was a pretty gifted kid, so a lot of my teachers told me I could probably excel in whatever career I wanted to pursue. As a kid, I really liked biology and science and was very passionate about that sort of stuff. Nothing grossed me out. I decided against being a doctor when I got to college and found out that being a doctor isn't all it's cracked up to be. I wanted to be more hands-on with the actual lab work, so I went into microbiology instead. My parents still think it's a really cool area of work though! My dad still thinks I would've made a great engineer (that's what he is), but I didn't love math as much as I probably would need to to be a good engineer. My husband's an engineer and some of the calculations he has to do are just insane.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
No, and I'm glad they didn't. Being a doctor is often not quite as glamorous as everyone makes it out to be. There's a considerable downside to all the perks, I wonder why Michelle doesn't see it -- the career is often leading in divorce rates, alcoholism, depression. Dentists have physicians beat for suicide rates though, so yay for dodging that bullet and coming in second =p lol I think children should only be required to pursue what they love (after highschool and preferably post-secondary, of course. No drop outs allowed). I'm really opposed to parents loading their kids with expectations or their own unfulfilled dreams.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Yes they did but only cause I opened my big mouth at 4 and said "I'm gonna be a doctor!" So my dad held on to that dream career probably til the day he died. He secret wished I'd start medical school at some point before 30.
mek123 mek123 8 years
The only requirements my folks had was that all 4 kids go to college, which we all did (and graduated). Now, I'm trying the same tact with my 17 year old son.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I don't think so...although my mother used to joke she wanted me to be a CPA.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
Yes my mom wanted me to go into health care, but I don't really like that sort of stuff. I think my dad envisioned me to go into teaching or architecture, since I talked about it. Sad I never finished school. I had a hard time with high school and depression, so now I think they just want me to be happy and never be as miserable as I was in high school. After this next baby is born I would like to go back for nutrition or small business management.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Nope, they let me go my own way. :)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
My parents always joked that I should be an actress because I was so overly dramatic. But, in all seriousness, they just wanted me to do whatever made me happy.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
no, not at all i was encouraged to do whatever i wanted to do
Pegona Pegona 8 years
I think my parents had an idea that I'd so something OTHER than what I'm doing right now, but they're now proud and satisfied with the career path I've chosen. They certainly like it better than my youthful ambition to be a nun in Africa.
syako syako 8 years
If my parents did have an opinion, they didn't voice it to us. Although when my lil bro chose a path not in math or science, which were his strong skills, they told him they thought he should consider something math or science related in the field he chose. But it was merely a suggestion.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
My dad owns his own business and I think he hopes I would take it over some day (but I haven't totally ruled out going to vet school. Obviously not now because there is no money and I don't want to take out hundreds of thousands on student loans yet).
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