Kimberly Fletcher

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Recommended Books:

  • Life Skills for Kids: Equipping Your Child for the Real World by Christine Field.
  • What Every Child Should Know Along the Way by Gail Martin.
  • Leadership Education: The Phases of Learning by Oliver DeMille
  • A Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver DeMille

Cultivating Your Child’s Talent and Passions

It’s hard for our kids to think about their future and what they want to be when they “grow up” while still trying to figure out how to be kids. But every day our children send us signals about their interests that translate into career opportunities. When we know what our children’s interests are, we can seek out and provide opportunities for growth in those areas.

One of the outstanding resources available through Smart Degree is a comprehensive career assessment tool. Though the assessment was designed for adults, it’s a great resource for families and can be used as early as middle school age. The assessment asks specific questions to help determine the type of personality and learning style your child has. Based on his or her answers, the assessment generates a report that includes possible careers that match their personalities, talents and interests.

Since it’s free, your child can take the assessment annually as a way to gauge growth and changing interests. Parents can take the assessment as well. It can be enlightening to discover what career fields might match up with your own interests and talents.

Another great resource is O*Net, a comprehensive website that shows you what occupations match up to your skills, interests and passions. It also gives you a good idea of what people in these occupations do at work, what the current demand is for people in these occupations, and what preparation (education, training, apprenticeships) is required to get in the field.

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