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When do you think about your kid’s Careers?

In life, we all want what’s best for our kids, and will be happy as long as they are happy, whether it be in career, life, family, hobbies whatever…But with our 3 kids growing up and them being three different age groups I ponder to myself when and what do I think their careers will be? can I see it in them now?

High school

Roo being 13 is definitely heading to those type of questions and maybe even early steps of decisions, shes an active vocal girl that likes to be involved with many things, many sports and especially dancing. But in today’s modern world she spends time on social media and gaming with her friends as well as those other things. For many years we’ve always suggested school college then university for something she might want to do, being a Doctor or Nurse has been around her for many years, ever since she was very little, and I’m surprised if she doesn’t at least explore it, but with her interest in the stage, dancing, shows, singing I wonder if shes leaning towards that or just enjoying it while at school, like some of her sports she does.

Primary school

Tigger is my special boy, and I can write a whole post on him and his little things he does (it’s coming), but he’s nine and starting to show very early signs of what he really is interested in and likes to do. Nine maybe a bit young for those type of assessments but I’m not sure. He’s really into computing, gaming and has done a range of coding and computer-based things. Of course, he likes things like Pokemon, Lego etc but these aren’t really his long term goals and just hobbies. But I’ve been finding myself trying to compliment and organise the stuff that I believe he’s probably looking to go into, he’s a solid book reader and has excelled over the last 2 years and now is arguably the best in his year at reading (apparently). However, with his style and interests in plotting with getting him a PC, and other Coding type things, there are several programs on tablets and iPads that have great tools with this also.

Preschool

Piglet, well she’s four, and I’ll be honest, she’s my concerned one. I will support her and love her forever, however, I do think she will be the one that pushes me lol, she will be the rebel, she will be the one that does whatever whenever. I don’t know if she will ever have a career or just a series of jobs, but then again, ask me in 5 years and will see whats she’s become.

Conclusion

I do think 9 and 13 are perhaps a bit young to be aiding them in career development and pushing them in the direction they want to, but then again maybe not, especially Roo as shes 13, I would have liked that support, as probably hundreds out there if not thousands, so perhaps helping them and setting them up for real-world situations and life changes is the right move. I don’t think to give them tools is the wrong move? but ultimately I’m keen to see where they will land and head towards, but I do want them to be the best of what they can be, I’m proud of them whatever but as a parent I want them to be successful and happy.

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12 Comments

  • Reply Jenny

    I wonder what my children will do when they grow up. At the moment I am just encouraging them to work hard and enjoy school. If you have a good education you can do anything.

    March 9, 2020 at 3:17 pm
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    I wanted to be an archaeologist since I was well as long as I could remember, I think if my life had turned out differently (I didn’t get ill etc) it something I would have done and loved. But life had it’s own twists for me so here I am a blogger.

    March 9, 2020 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply Sim @ Sim's Life

    It is amazing to see children develop their skills over time, finding out what they like and don’t like. Really does give us a good glimpse into how those skills will develop over time. Big year for us as Ski is getting ready to attend secondary school in September, she is totally ready for it now! Sim

    March 9, 2020 at 4:39 pm
  • Reply Claire

    My 12 year old changes his mind weekly but we have taken steps towards university savings for him as I would be surprised if he didn’t want to go.

    I had to laugh at your bit about Piglet, my youngest is the exact same!

    March 9, 2020 at 5:36 pm
  • Reply Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    I think you will know early on what they would want to be by observing their interest. What we can do is support and encourage them and prepare for their future. University education does not come cheap, but I made sure all my kids got the education they deserve. Now they are all adults and making their own mark in the corporate world.

    March 9, 2020 at 10:28 pm
  • Reply Rebecca Smith

    I can definitely see Jack already developing an interest in certain careers. It is interesting to see what they are interested in and where there skills lay when younger and how it compares to when they are older.

    March 10, 2020 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply Bella and Dawn at Dear Mummy Blog

    Nurturing kids passion and giving them every opportunity to do what makes them happy I think is key whatever the age. If kids/adults don’t have passion for a particular subject and they are forced down a career path they will grow to hate it. It’s fascinating though, my mummy didn’t know what he wanted to be until she was 17! Then it all jumped up a gear!

    March 10, 2020 at 7:47 pm
  • Reply Yeah Lifestyle

    What a lovely post and as a parent it is easy for you to spot what your kids are into from a young age. I do hope you share a similar post in 5 years and see if their interest changes

    March 10, 2020 at 9:28 pm
  • Reply Nichola - Globalmouse

    I’m really not sure what my children want to do – and they’re similar ages to yours. They are still in the phase of changing their minds. Great to support them no matter what though.

    March 11, 2020 at 3:20 pm
  • Reply Kara Guppy

    As a mum to grown ups and young children, it really does depend on the child. Kian new from early on that he wanted to be a games designer so we made sure he picked the right subjects at GCSE. With my oldest she wanted to work in travel through school, but now works in insurance LOL. Isaac is 11 and wants to be a zoologist, so we have done a couple of zoo experience days for him

    March 11, 2020 at 5:35 pm
  • Reply Sally Akins

    My boys have all changed their minds several times about what they want to do over the years, they’re 22, 18 and 16 now! I think it’s good to try and keep things flexible so that they can change their minds if they want.

    March 12, 2020 at 3:11 am
  • Reply Playdays and Runways

    I have two children, one is about to sit their year 2 SATS and the other one is about to take his A LEVELS. Neither have ever expressed a definite career although as long as they are happy I will be happy

    March 12, 2020 at 8:25 pm
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