1. Life goals are important
If you know what you are striving for, it is easier to be more fulfilled and happy â€“ it's just a fact of life. Having goals or your 'dream situation' is a way of concreting your ambitions and aiming to achieve them. How does this apply to your child? At every age, once a year or so, ask them to write down how they envisage their future. Children feel limitless of the possibilities and feel they can achieve anything (which they can!). Every year you can see ambitions change and passion for patterns emerge. If you have a child studying for their GCSE's or A levels, ask them to think about what they want to achieve in 5 years/10 years' time. This really helps to materialize their dreams and make better choices.
2. The value of research and preparation
Depending what your child's age your child is, you can research with them and tell them the steps they need to take to make this dream come true. Is it to become a doctor? If so they will need to work hard in school and apply to university. Maybe an artist? Get them to be more expressive or take them to afterschool clubs with a creative elements. It's also never too early to try and explain to your son or daughter what your job is, they might learn a few things or too or want to follow in your footsteps.
3. Teaching responsibility for their decisions
Understanding small objectives and lifetime goals gives your child accountability about their own dreams. It can also help you as a parent to give advice, and support for them. If they need to decide subject options or need help on a specific subject, you can help them make these difficult decisions with their ideal job in mind.
4. Show them that the world is full of possibilities
At Maple Education, we try to encourage positive emotions, confidence and ambition for learning. From an astronaut, a lawyer, an international peacekeeper or a sports coach - There is the perfect job for everyone!
Get Your Child Thinking about Their Future!Written by Chris Garnett
The older we become, the more we realise that working in a job that you love is one of the most wonderful situations to be in. Passion at any age is fantastic and it's important to nurture this with your children. This blog will highlight the significance of why it is great to think about a dream career that can make you happy whether you are only 5 or 55.
Chris Garnett is the Chief Executive Officer of Maple Education, responsible for operations, finance and exams. A social entrepreneur, Chris co-founded and managed an ethical fashion business from 2000 to 2009. In the 1980s Chris had her own successful office management business in Canada.