What Are We Preparing Our Kids For?

Quick link: We Don’t Know What We Are Raising Them For

This piece is at Babble. Do you know what the world will look like by the time your child graduates from college? Do you know how many careers our kids will rotate through over their lives? Things are changing faster and faster and it is becoming harder to know what we are preparing our kids for as adults.

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It’s a question we all ask young children at one time or another: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

And each time, we laugh at their innocent responses.

The Tooth Fairy!
A unicorn!
A merman!

But one day, these little dreamers with wild and rich imaginations will turn into teenagers, who are closer to college and careers than diapers and nap times. And suddenly, that once simple question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” becomes serious. Plans must be made, applications sent out, courses of study explored.

But what if the question has become irrelevant? I don’t mean in the cynical sense, that the younger generations are hopelessly immature and will never grow up or move out of our basements. I mean in the sense that the very question itself seems to demand a singular answer, and more and more, we are raising children in a world that doesn’t fit this framework.

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