You want the best for your children. To give them the best chance in life, you need to invest and plan for their futures. There are a lot of things that you can do, and things that you can push your child to do. The earlier you start planning and implementing these suggestions for your child’s future, the better and more prepared they will be once they enter adulthood. Here’s a quick guide on how to plan for your child’s future, starting today:
- Work and Volunteer Experience
Universities and employers value experience more than grades. Even something as simple as joining girl guides or boy scouts can help build your child’s resume right from the start. Volunteering can help them build social skills, learn responsibility, humility, and the value of hard work. It can also be used to impress universities down the line.
Helping your child get experience isn’t harsh. It is simply directing them into getting more experience while they are having fun. This also applies to learning new skills through the community centre or other classes. Helping your child learn a well-rounded set of skills will help them later in life.
- Build Their Credit Score
This is for when they are teenagers, but you should help your child to build their credit score as soon as possible. Before you start this, however, your teen will need a job. Once they have a job, they can start to build their credit score that will help them make better, more valuable purchases later in life. A great way to build this credit score is by buying a used Toyota Corolla. This is a great starting car. Between the repayments and the freedom, your teen will learn personal responsibility and other life lessons that will make your child a better functioning adult later.
- Send Them to a Great School
Great schools attract great students. The networking and friendships that your child will make while they are in their post-secondary education are, in many ways, more valuable than the education itself. The education is the requirement in today’s job market, but it won’t, by itself, guarantee a job. That is why building experience from the earliest opportunity is so important.
The networking that they will do during university is where the value comes in. University gives you the knowledge and skills to make your dreams come true, and the networking you do helps you realise them.
You might want to let your child be a kid, but that won’t help them later. You can easily help them get experience and gain skills when they are children that your child won’t consider to be work. For them, it will be fun and exciting. They will be doing something interesting and making friends. Introducing your child to a lot of new experiences will also help them find what their talents and their interests are. The sooner they know what they want to do, the easier it will be to work towards that goal.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.