Haven’t we all observed that people who are able to make their interests or hobbies into careers have done astoundingly well for themselves? And I would somehow tend to believe that they would be a lot less stressed as well, cause they enjoy what they are doing for a living!!
“Do what you enjoy and money will follow” This is one of the strong thoughts that I have as a mother, whereby I would want my child to enjoy every moment of her life as a child and as an adult. As parents our role is to understand our children’s interests and give impetus in the right direction and plan for their future and this can be done from a very young age if you Do Your Homework right!
Start Observing Their Interests Early On
Spend time ‘Observing’ your child. As parents you will learn a lot just by observing your child. May it be during play-time or study-time or when on a vacation or while he or she is interacting with friends and family. From a very age of 2.5-3 years, you will start noticing their interests shape up, mature and change. Give them ample free time to decide what they want to do then. rather than jamming their schedules with too many planned activities.
Encourage Their Interests in The Right Way
It’s necessary to give your children ample exposure and encourage their aspirations and interests without getting too pushy.
Don’t Let Your Aspirations Come in Their Way
There are innumerable career options for your kids. Get on to the same page as your kids about their future. Axis Mutual Fund conducted an investor awareness campaign #DoYourHomework across the country through their micro site, the homework app and on-ground activations at KidZania and Crossword outlets where parents and children were made to draw individually what they had in mind for the child’s future. A large majority of parents were surprised to see what they had in mind and what their kids had in mind was so divergent. Although you may prefer the conventional career options, your child may have something totally different in mind, something that you have not even heard off!!
Be Financially Prepared To Support Their Decision
Plan for you child’s future and be financially ready to support their career choice. The #DoYourHomework campaign also revealed that majority parents were not aware of how much the cost of education will be when their child reaches 18. It’s not just about saving; it’s about investing right which will help you fulfill your child’s aspirations. Systematically investing over long periods of time, in a tax efficient manner is what will help achieve your financial goals.
Prepare Yourself Emotionally to Support Them in Their Career Choice
Although you may have a completely different opinion on their career choice, it is eventually their career, their interest and their choice and your job as a parent is to support them in every way. This is the key to their success!!