Opinion: When your child wants to join the circus

Every once in a while no, check that, all the time I worry about the future of my children.

Of course, I want them to be kind, compassionate and loving human beings, but I also often get trapped in the vicious cycle of wanting them to achieve professionally and to "be realistic." Far from being the finger-wagging "you have to be a doctor or a lawyer" kind of parent, there are times when I struggle with the possibility that my kids will want to act on the stage, create art or (insert "starving" profession here) as a way of life. I may romanticize "taking the road less travelled" but, seriously, who is going to take care of us when we are old? Joking ... kind of.

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