Preparing your kids for their grown up life is a big part of parenting, and doubly so when you homeschool your children. You want them to know what it’ll take to make money and live happily, but you also want to keep them motivated and interested in following a career and developing their passions. How do you find the balance between the two? With a few tips for making the work world more exciting for the little ones!
Encourage Their Natural Talents
Every child out there has a natural talent. As soon as you notice it, be sure to encourage it. Learning should be fun! Maybe your daughter loves to play football? Maybe your son has a real way with words? Or maybe either of them can play an instrument very well, and have a passion for rhythm? If they love to do it, and they’ve clearly got some skill in it, see how far they can take it. The more they can indulge in their hobbies, the more fun the working world will turn out to be.
Talk About Your Own Experiences
Straight from the horse’s mouth! If your kids know you’ve been through it, they’re far more likely to listen to what you’re trying to teach them. So be sure to talk about your own experiences when you’re talking about careers.
Where have you worked? What did you like to do? What did you find challenging? How did you assert yourself in those situations? And is there anything you’d like to have done differently? Go over each of these questions and create a discussion amongst your kids.
Show Them Just How Many Different Jobs are Out There
You can do anything as an adult – that’s something we tell our kids all the time: be what you want to be! And if you really want to encourage your kids to put their heads towards making a career, show them the breadth of the job market ahead of them.
From the need for cyber security specialists and software developers, to vet technicians and pet shelter assistants, as well as board game and toy makers (and even teddy bear repair people!), there’s a lot a person can get paid for these days!
Make Learning About Their Options Fun
Learning should be fun, even when there’s a serious topic on the line. After all, the more fun kids have, the more they’ll pay attention! So try to encourage different learning styles or consider homeschooling your child this fall! Pick a job to learn about, then get them playing games, watching movies, or coming up with their own stories about it. You can then engage their imagination and help them understand what working might be like. Get their heads into the zone, ask them what they learnt about the job in question at the end of the activity, and have fun!
Getting a job may be far in the future, but your kids should start to learn about it right now. To keep things exciting, use tips like those above.