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Dreaming Big for my Children
Dreaming Big for my Children
We had a big day recently in our household. Our middle child joined the teenager club. She turned the big THIRTEEN. Presents were opened, cake was eaten, and just maybe a tear was shed (mine…why do they grow up so quickly). As we enjoyed dinner that night I couldn’t help but look…ok stare…at her. She was becoming an amazing young woman, and I found myself daydreaming about what her future would bring. Would she be a doctor? Pilot? Maybe a teacher? What did the future hold for my daughter? We hope that you enjoy this Dreaming Big for my Children post.
I may not know what the future will bring for my girl, but I do have aspirations for her. I want her to be happy. I hope that she meets her soulmate. I want her to find a career that she genuinely loves. In short, I want her to find happiness, passion, and fulfillment in life. I want the same thing for all of my kids. The big question for me is how do I help my kids achieve these things in life.
I believe the most critical thing that I can do to help my children is to simply be a good role model. The problem with this of course is being a good role model is one of those things that’s easy to think about but difficult to execute. As an example; I want my kids to find their soulmates and experience the joy of a loving relationship. This means that I have to model what that looks like. Now that is pretty easy when my relationship with my husband is all roses. This becomes challenging though when my husband and I have an argument or when we are angry with one another. We have to remember that how we argue is a lesson on love and relationships for our children, and that can be a challenging thing to keep in mind during the heat of the moment. But we do it.
It’s no different with our professional careers. Both my husband and I work at things that we love to do, and we do so with passion. Now of course we both have bad days at work. But that is ok, because in the end we spend our time working on things that we love, and our kids see that. We model what a fulfilling career looks like, and by doing so we teach them what to look for in their own future careers.
The one thing that scares me a bit about their future though is the cost of higher learning. College has gotten pretty expensive, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. But the last thing that I want is for my kids futures to derail because of the cost of an education. It was this thought that spurred me into action many years ago.
I started saving money for my kids education not long after my first child was born, and that is key. The bill for a college education can be overwhelming to think about. A ton of money has to be raised…how do you do that? Well I believe the simple answer is you start saving early; the earlier the better. I came to realize that thanks to how interest compounds, if I started saving early, I didn’t have to save a ton every month in order to make an impact on that future college bill. As long as I started early and just saved a little bit every month, I could help my kids. That was an eye opening thought for me.
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This Dreaming Big for my Children post is sponsored by COUNTRY FINANCIAL, but thoughts are and opinion expressed are my own.