Today I’m thinking about what we can do to adequately prepare our children for the future.
My husband and I certainly feel that we’re not doing enough. The world is changing at an unprecedented pace that has never been seen before.
Technology is the driver and our kids are in the back seat of the car, instructing the driver to go left, right or straight ahead. And where are we parents in this high speed journey? We’re running behind screaming: “hold on, wait for me… “We should be on the back seat helping to navigate.
We attended a talk on Raising Young Talent for the New World of Work. It was hosted by parenting expert – Nikki Bush, Generation Y speaker – Raymond de Villiers and Sameer Rawjee of Googles’ O School, at Henley University, earlier this month. We left overwhelmed but with a better sense of what to consider for the future of our kids.
I took away these learnings:
- The world will continue to change at a rapid pace. This change is brought on by technological development – our kids should be adaptable, resilient and resourceful to meet its demands. They should embrace the constant change of the digital world.
- Schooling as we know it, is not adequately preparing our kids for this future. Grades at university and schooling will not be chief indicators of our children’s capabilities. Their talents together with an ability to innovate will be.
- Parents can and should gear their kids up to navigate this fast approaching world, by encouraging creative thinking – out of the box thinking. Creativity in young children is stimulated through free play and approaching the world with curiosity.
- Parents should teach children not to fear failure, but accept it as a necessary part of their success.
- Professions in law, medicine, finance and many others will change fundamentally. Parents too must change thoughts of traditional work to ones that fit with the coming world of work.
- When your children speak to you about what they want to do in the future or in current extra murals and subject choices at school – LISTEN! Their desires are chief indicators of what they enjoy (what they may be talented in) and what they may thrive in later on.
It’s a tall order, but Sean and I will work at it purposefully in our parenting. How we parent will negatively or positively affect our children in the future. After all we’re raising adults.
NOTE: Diagram in featured image is from the book: The Future of Work by Jacob Morgan