Finding what your kid(s) like to do is among the primary goals of most parents. Yes, we teach values and more but where our kids will end up in their life path is another serious concern we all share. The first tendency – and I am the prime example of it – is to direct our children towards the things we like and/or do well.
In many families, there is a legacy of profession or job that carries over generation to generation. In our country’s founding, it was often farming and other manual labor. Now, it varies in more ways than most people can even imagine.
So, what’s a parent to do? Schools teach basic things, but don’t really explore the panoply of opportunities our modern world offers.
On August 7th, 2014 we had a #DadChat that dealt with finding our kids’ passion and strengths. The turnout and the dialogue were incredible. Read the transcript to learn more and see the conversation as it played out. It was clear that this issue is paramount to parents as our schools are most certainly not leading our kids to anything but the tried-and-true. And our world today is anything BUT “tried-and-true.”
In fact, our world today is harder than it’s been in generations. A recent poll found that the majority of parents fear their kids will fare worse in life than they have – something unprecedented in modern American times. But, it’s true. It IS harder today for our kids to succeed in just about everything.
Did you know that 85% of college grads come back home to live – for extended periods of time? I didn’t know a single friend who came back home to live AT ALL except for visits. Did you?
Consequently, the need for our kids to find their passion and strengths is more important than ever. Passion is the ingredient that will set them apart from their peers. Strengths will be those areas where they’ll have the best chances to succeed. Having both is necessary in today’s competitive world.
Thrively brings tools to both our kids and parents. It does so in a user-friendly fashion beginning with free registration and then a free assessment test for our kid(s). That test is a multi-media easy-to-do online test that produces a result that outlines five specific strengths and a wealth of information about aptitude(s).
Okay, take a moment NOW and go register at Thrively.com – remember it’s free and the assessment test is free. This will NOT be the case in the future so take advantage of it now!
Both child and parent can view these results. Then, using other tools on Thrivley, parent and kid(s) can access places to “play” with their particular interests and determine which may or may not be the right fit. Those “places” are organized by proximity to your area and the database is growing every day, currently with hundreds of thousands of options.
What if you discover that your child has an aptitude for technology and there’s a tech camp in your area? How cool would that be? What if YOU thought your child was destined to be the next Michael Jordan, but instead discover he/she is destined to be the next Michael Buble? And, that his or her instrument might be voice and/or guitar, piano, or the trumpet?
What – and this is the MOST IMPORTANT takeaway from this column – if your kid is destined for other things than you had planned for or wanted for him/her? What if your child is NOT interested or has aptitude in those things you love and do? Aren’t you doing your child a service and a blessing by learning that their love, passion, and strength may be different from yours?
This is what Thrively is ALL ABOUT. It’s an awesome tool. Register now and get your kid(s) to take their (free) assessment test. Let me know what you learn and discover? I want to hear!