My dad was a college professor (veterinary medicine) and mom was a history major (way back). They did not understand Dilbert. I kept telling them that Dilbert was not a comic strip, Dilbert was a documentary. No joy. Then I found the animated young Dilbert in "The Knack". I showed them that video and they said, "That was you!" I was always taking things apart and putting them back together. I guess some of us were just born to be engineers. Oh, and my son works in the same place I do as a technician. He's been playing with computers for 30 years. Started when he was 6.
He totally does that kind of stuff. Not a radio specifically (because who has a radio anymore?), but just about anything else when he has a chance he takes it apart. And I will confess, he cannot always put it back together (in fact frequently not). So maybe he's not an engineer but he's a reverse engineer. :)
Kindergarten?! Smart girl. LOL. Makes me feel like I was born in the Stone Age. Talk about a generation gap: just think, kids may have a real reason not to trust "anyone over 30," as the old saying goes from the 1960s youth generation. (They may turn your modem off, for one.) Will generation gaps now only be defined by what technology you grew up with.
My daughter, she is just in lower kindergarten, was watching some of her favorite videos on you tube and was searching new videos. I realized my internet limit was soon going to be crossed so I went and switched off the modem. Within a moment I saw she went and started the modem saying looks like you swtiched off the modem and my videos were stopped.
OMG! These are hilarious stories. The control chart for brushing teeth...that is brilliant and funny. I can see it helping, though. Your kids were doubly lucky. (One of my parents was the English major, so there was always a push/pull there, to say the least.) Thanks for sharing your story. I feel like I'm in a support group here.
@srambo941, I am an Engineer ,Electronics and communication. My husband is also an engineer, software. None of our parents were engineer. But you wont believe, our parents generations they always wanted their kids to be doctor or engineer. But for me, my daughter can be whatever she wants. We dont want to put any pressure on the child on what career is good. Let them choose and innovate. May be an artist or professional dancer. But if she chooses engineering, she must learn things practically rather than just reading text books.
But I have seen, engineers have different approach towards life. They are very analytical and love reasoning.
Hi Frank, Wow. Congratulations on having a daughter in engineering school. Your kids were lucky to have you as a secret weapon on their homework. Explaining complex subjects clearly is a special skill; plus spending that quality time with your children is so important. Great success story. Let's celebrate all the parents like you. Thanks.
It's interesting to me that more than one EE on this thread has at least one child who is going the same route. So many times on EE Times we get comments from EEs that say they would never encourage their children to pursue the profession. But I really think it is more of a calling. You are an engineer, or your not. Personally, I'm not an engineer (though I play one on TV). But I can see that my youngest son, age 5, very well could be. I watch the way he approaches and solves problems of all types and I can see the instincts are there.
My kids got a double dose - I'm an engineer and Dad was a physicist. It was probably pretty weird for them when Mom set up control charts for how long they spent brushing their teeth (they clearly weren't meeting spec!), or when Dad designed experiments to improve their batting average. But both kids did well in spite of this and both went into match and sciences (youngest is an EE and oldest is getting a PhD in math which is way beyond his Mom's limited diffeq abilities!). But I also shared a creative side too - I tried to teach them about liquid chromotography as preschoolers using food coloring and coffee filters. We called them making butterflies because we cut out the shapes after all the colors had diffused and dried.