Do you think it’s a good idea to help kids set future expectations for when they grow up? Why or why not?
There’s nothing wrong with preparing your kids for their future. It’s better if they know what to expect after high school before graduation day.
For example, I think kids should know about financial planning and economics. They should know how to balance their checkbook. They should understand that they need to pay the rent and utilities before they go on a shopping spree for non-essential items, like concert tickets or five pairs of shoes. Of course, some life lessons people need to learn for themselves.
As far as career planning, we should encourage our kids to stick to careers that they are interested in, rather than careers we think they should pursue. How many of us would let our parents decide our careers? If my grandma had her way, I’d be a teacher. If my mom had her way, I’d be a librarian. I’ve tried to do both careers. There’s nothing wrong with their choices. It just wasn’t my choice.
My teenager wants to go into forensic science. I’ll support whatever she chooses to do 100%. If she’s happy with her job and can pay her bills when she’s on her own, then it’s a win-win situation.
Great post. My dad forced me into education, which I stuck with for a year before having a kid to become a SAHM. Teach them the real life skills, like you said, but let them figure out and pursue their passions.
I was worried when my teenage son got his checking account last year, but it’s been so good to teach him and watch him learn – and then when he asked for his own savings account, I was over the moon! 🙂