One of the things I always tried to instill in my children is that they could grow up to be anything they wanted to be. As long as they were willing to put in the work necessary to prepare themselves, no career was out of reach.
Our children were raised to know that college was the next step after high school graduation. When Katy graduated, she told me that she wanted to take a "gap year" and go travel around Europe. While I thought that would be a lovely thing to do, I did not feel it was in the best interest of either Katy, nor our budget. So, when school started in the fall, she went to college.
Katy has related to me that she now appreciates our approach in insisting that she go to college and is taking the same tack with Our Little Princesses.
Recently, she called me to tell me that she was telling Princess E that she also could grow up to be anything she wanted to be. She gave her several examples like, you can be a mommy, or a teacher, or a doctor. She further reported that Princess E then became very excited. She was so excited that she practically jumped up and down as she replied "OR A REAL FAIRY!"
Well, she did say anything.