I’ve partnered with Fidelity & MEFA for this post in support of the U.Fund Dreams Tour. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
What do They Want to Be When They Grow Up? Fund Your Child’s Dreams!
What did you want to be as a child? When I was younger, most kids dreams about becoming teachers, doctors and astronauts. Today, a new world of possibilities has opened up that I never would have dreamed of. Tech-minded kids can consider careers like computer programmer or video game designer. A recent survey included YouTube Star as the top career dream for children between the ages of 6-17. The world certainly has changed.
My brother and I recently discussed what we wanted to be when we were kids. I wanted to be an actress. He wanted to be a police officer like my father. By high school, I wanted to be a lawyer and he wanted to be a world traveler. Now that we have kids of our own, we shared stories of their career dreams.
When We Grow Up…
My daughter is 12, but she’s wanted to be a dancer for as long as she can remember. More recently, she realized that she likes to choreograph even more than dance.
The Baseball Player
Named an All Star on his little league team, it’s no wonder my son wanted to be a professional baseball player.
There are 5 firefighters in my family. My nephew wants to follow in their footsteps and, in his words, “save the world from burning buildings.”
My niece, at only age 4 is not really sure what she wants to be, but she did say that she loves to color and paint. My brother said, “That’s called an artist.” She responded, “OK, I’ll be that.”
My brother and I discussed talking to our kids about their career goals. While the concept is a bit abstract for little kids, it’s never too early to get them thinking about saving money.
Since my kids are 12 and 14, my husband and I have encouraged them to consider how their career aspirations might guide their school choices. We’ve had them look up colleges that have programs in their areas of interests. We asked them to research the following:
- Room & Board
- Text Books
In every case, they were quite surprised by the cost of colleges and universities. My daughter said, “Now I understand why you have been saving for so long.”
What do your kids want to be when they grow up? Are you saving for their future? Have you discussed how they can save too?
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