I believe it’s important for us to look at the conflict between personal preferences and parental preferences when it comes to career choices because of the plethora of mails that I receive from young people in this particular area. It is very disheartening to see a good number of them fail, a good number of them even afraid because of the strained relationships and threats coming from their parents. Some have even been told that they will be disowned if they don’t do what the latter want them to do.
It is important to know that each individual has interests and gifts which make him a unique person. So, when you force someone to do what he’s not interested in, that person really does not become very useful in life, because you not only attack the person’s capabilities, you attack his sense of esteem. As a result, he won’t feel useful, because you tell him that who he is, is not valuable.
If I may address parents, you may have dreams and aspirations you want your children to fulfill, but as much as possible, the important thing is that your child becomes a success at the end of the day.
Focus on how they can be productive, look at how they can be useful to society and encourage them in that direction. However, if you would still have them study a particular course and at the same time if they have interests that they have indicated, then you should let them develop those alongside. It won’t be a distraction or cause any form of diversion when they get to school because it will make them happy doing what they love and enjoying parental support..
Therefore, let us encourage our young people today. Let’s help them develop and polish their gifts and talents because every individual has something useful to contribute to the society even if we don’t share the same views or passions. And who can better encourage and guide them than you who are their parents or their guardians.
Thank you so much parents and guardians even as we work together to make this world a better place for our loved ones.
Thank you for all for your time.
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