Parenting: How do we help our children build a career?

It's a daunting task, but one filled with immense opportunity to support and empower our little ones

By Asha Iyer Kumar

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Published: Wed 10 Apr 2024, 5:15 PM

Dear parents, you’d agree that one of the biggest financial goals we set is to build a corpus for our children’s education. From the moment the stork brings home the bundle of joy, we share a common purpose — to nurture and guide our children towards a future filled with purpose and happiness. In today's rapidly changing world, where there is a problem of plenty everywhere, one of the most crucial roles we play is in helping our children navigate the maze of career choices. It's a daunting task, but one filled with immense opportunity to support and empower our little ones.

Let's start with the foundation — support. Just like a sturdy tree needs strong roots to flourish, our children need a solid foundation of support from us. From the moment they start dreaming about their future, our unwavering belief in their abilities can make all the difference. Let's be their cheerleaders, their confidants, and their biggest fans, cheering them on every step of the way.

But it's not just about blind encouragement. No, our role goes much deeper than that. We need to understand our children — their passions, their interests, their strengths. Every child is unique, and it's our job to help them discover what makes them shine. Whether it's through exposing them to new experiences, encouraging their hobbies, or simply listening to their hopes and dreams, let's be the guiding lights that help illuminate their path.

Of course, guidance and counsel are essential too. As parents, we have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with our children. From discussing different professions to offering insights into various industries, our wisdom can be invaluable in helping them make informed decisions. But let's remember to do so with empathy and understanding, recognising that ultimately, the choice is theirs to make.

And then there's the delicate balance between independence and resilience. While we want to support our children every step of the way, we also need to empower them to stand on their own two feet. Let's teach them the value of perseverance; the importance of resilience; and the beauty of embracing challenges as opportunities for growth.

However, in all these discussions one thing that can cast a shadow over our best intentions is parental pressure. It's natural to want the best for our children, but let's be mindful not to impose our own hopes and dreams onto them. Instead, let's create an environment where open communication thrives, where our children feel safe to express their aspirations, concerns, and uncertainties without fear of judgement.

We must be gracious enough to embrace our roles as guides and mentors with humility and grace. Together, we can help our children navigate the labyrinth of career choices with confidence and resilience, empowering them to pursue their dreams with unwavering determination.

It takes a lot of patience, openness and understanding to arrive at a point where there is consensus about what they want to do with their lives. It may not always be to our liking, but if we are generous and prudent enough to recognise that their choice is filled with promise and prospects, and they are willing to go the extra mile to be successful, then we must have their back, no matter how unconventional it is in the public eye.

Until next, happy parenting.

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