Dear Parents: How to Prepare Your Kid For the Future


When was the last time you asked your child ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’  This cliche question that may seem dreamy and irrelevant now, it is proven to get kid’s brain pumping.  Whenever I was asked this question, I always said, “I don’t know.”  Maybe that is why I spent 2 years of my college career undecided on what I wanted to major in.

A follow up question you must ask your kid is, ‘how will you get there?’

The message you are sending to your child is to have goals and focus.  There is no point of studying and getting A’s if the kid does not have a goal.  Everything will seem meaningless if there is no purpose.  Focusing on one goal will help the students stay on track and get excited for what the future will bring.

Sit down with your child and set a realistic step to achieve their goals.  If college is your kid’s goal, look up each colleges and see what programs they have to offer.  Do you kid want to stay in-state or out-of-state?  What are the school rankings, and do they have any scholarships suited for your kid?  It is never too late.  It will help them get excited for next chapter in their lives.

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