M loves animals. She goes over to my friend's house weekly to sweep bunny poop, change bird bedding, etc... so she can have time with pets. I love her work ethic. She does get to play with the animals, and the work gets done.
I recently realized that there is something called a Veterinarian Technician. It's a 2 year path to a job working with animals. I'm a vocationalist. So I'm always thinking "What can the kids do in a few years that will get them to a job." I'm not so interested in them going into debt to learn something that they won't necessarily use as a job. I know that many degrees lead toward opportunities that are nice... I've just known a few women that graduated with debt, and no job. And I like being a mom. I'm grateful that my degree led to a job, and that I didn't have to go into debt for school. My parents helped pay for school, and I always had scholarships and a part time job. Getting bad grades was never an option because then I would loose my funding.
M wants to work with animals when she grows up. So we'll be keeping a look out for volunteer opportunities while she's young. Maybe someday she can work in a pet store. And I hope she can study something she loves. I hope she can also be a mom. I love being a mom. Many women work and have kids. I love being with the kids and teaching them. I hope M has that opportunity.