Helping your child find a career

It is important to like what you do to make a living.  It’s likely that you will spend most of your waking hours doing it.  If you have a career where you just wait for Fridays to reach, then you have a serious problem.

Now some people are lucky, they figure out what they like early, are good at it, and they make a good living.  Such a guy is Evan Wilson, a fellow student of mine at St. Mary’s College way back in the seventies.  He always loved aircraft.  I remember him in form two telling me the differences in the under-carriages of almost every fighter plane of World War II, from the Japanese Zeroes and Nazi Messerschmitts to the British Spitfires and American Mustangs.  He is now a pilot.

Others, like myself, like one thing, but are good at another.  If  you child is stuck in such a situation, let him focus on the thing he likes first and use the thing he’s good at as an option, unless of course, he really hates it.

To understand how important this is, let us create a scenario.  Take two guys, Fred and Jack.  Jack makes twice the amount of money as Fred.  Fred does what he likes, but Jack does not.  They both invested their life’s savings in CLICO.  Now that CLICO’s bust and they’ve both lost their life savings, Fred can look back and at least be happy that he did what he liked all these years – poor Jack!

So, the question is how do you help your child choose.  It’s not an easy task, but try to expose them to as much options as possible.  Let me tell you what I’ve been doing.  When my first daughter was four, she hit her elbow really hard and asked me about the elbow bone.  I tried to tell her that there was no real ‘elbow’ bone, but that there was a biological definition blah, blah, blah.  Rather than me try to explain and bore her and her little sister, who also fell into the conservation, I ordered a two foot high anatomically correct model skeleton off the Internet.   When it arived, they were all exited at first and helped me assemble and disassemble it a couple of times, but it is in one of the cupboards for now.  Still, it makes a reappearance every once in a while and who knows…

We sometimes watch BBC nature documentaries together and they became interested in finding out where on earth were these exciting places.  After some demonstration with a 12 inch diameter Pricesmart Repogle globe, I realized it was too small and ordered an inflatable 27 incher.  It has gone the way of the skeleton, but at least it’s there should we need it.  Of late they have shown an interest in listening to heartbeats.  My next mission? Remembering to ask one of my doctor friends if they’re willing to part with any of their old stethoscopes.  My first daughter loves flowers.  This Christmas vacation I’m planning to let her spend some time in the flowershop of a friend. 

Get the picture?

This is why it is important to network with other homeschoolers in Trinidad Tobago.

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