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02 Mar

Are you ready to support your child’s choices? Read and learn:

Train a child in the way he should grow, and when he is older, he will not depart from it.

Are you ready to support your child’s choices? Remember, most of us have grown up being told that we can be anything that we want to be. But how true is this statement?

Case Example:
We live in Kenya where the arts sector isn’t as developed and money making, and your payday is not predictable compared to more established sectors like Law or Medicine or Commerce. So when your child  approaches you with the thought of joining the music industry because they believe in their talent, but since you are aware of all the uncertainty that comes with this job, how sure are you that you will be able to say yes and move on?

At this stage in our lives, our parenting skills are really tested. We want to guide our children into making the right career choices, but we fail to differentiate between assisting them and choosing for them. Unfortunately we end up pressuring them to realise our own unfulfilled ambitions.

How to avoid this conflict:

Start this discussion as early as possible with your children to avoid making unwise last minute decisions.

Encourage your kids to attend career open days and to gather as much information as they can about their choices. Understand that there is a myriad of upcoming opportunities out there and as much as we should be open minded, knowledge is power.

Encourage individuality. There is so much influence from the environment that our kids grow up in from teachers to peers to ourselves, the parents. Remind your kid that at the end of the day it’s about what they want for themselves. What they can handle, regardless of what their friends are doing.

Finally, we all would love our children’s futures to be financially secure. I get that. But I also understand that when you teach your children to make opportunities about work ethic and passion, mostly passion, then the money makes its way to them. We just need to trust the process.

Authored By S Jam


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