Saturday, May 14, 2011
Remember the time when you were still a little kid and people would ask you, "What would you like to be when you grow up?" You would get a variety to answers. Some would like to become doctors or nurses to help the sick people, some would like to become teachers to teach other children who cannot read and write, some would like to become pilots and ride airplanes, some would like to become actors or actresses to entertain people, some would like to become famous singers and sing to the world, some would like to become engineers and design unique structures. Every dream is pure and innocent and a reflection of what the child hopes to achieve in the future.
With the right guidance from parents and the proper education and training from good teachers who earned their teaching degrees from reputable academic institutions and have a passion for their profession, a child can really become successful in life. As adults, we have an obligation to nurture a child's interests and talents so that they would be able to use it well when the time comes. Academic excellence is only one aspect of a person's journey towards success. Exposing them to different extra-curricular activities will help them to discover their other potentials. Nurturing a child's abilities and talents is not equivalent to pressuring a child to pursue a career related to it. Allowing them to decide along the way and showing them their various options will help them to discover what they really want to do and become in their lives.