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Passions of a Child

The passions of a child. I had a few growing up. Animals. Science. Being organized (yes, don’t judge). Do you think the passions of your child would be deep? Superficial? Random? Perhaps heavily focused upon tech gadget(s)? Have you ever ASKED your child what their passions are?

I had a brief conversation with a young man the other day. I was walking my dog over a canal and as we passed over the bridge, a boy about 11 years old, was quietly fishing. I had asked if he caught anything. Even though he hadn’t – you know what was intense and obvious? His passion centered on being outdoors and in nature. In our brief interaction, I could feel his elation. It made me wonder what his response to a question on what he’s passionate about would be.

Why would I ask? I’ve taken countless professional career and life assessments (both for jobs and for my mother, who works in organizational development). In the past 10 years, our culture has been inundated with the importance of finding a joy in what we do to ensure that we are engaged and fulfilled in our work path. I know of several high schools and colleges that inquire about this topic – but I think it would be much more impactful to start at home. Have you talked about your own passions with your kid(s)?

I read a short article the other day that got my brain juices pumping further on this topic. It discussed the ramifications of pursuing jobs and careers from the perspective of the Millenial. Varied studies are finding that higher and higher numbers of these young adults are hitting ‘burn out’ before the age of 30. This information surprised me. I tend to see articles surrounding Millenial disinterest vs burn out when it comes to work or college. In an age where a generation has had access to information, education, and technology at levels higher than any other before it – they are not staying engaged in work. Despite having access to assessments or being told what career path would be a ‘best fit’ has any person had a conversation with these individuals? Has a person shared stories or listened about what they are passionate about? My guess is no.

What happens with the next Generation Z grouping of children that are coming up through their education? What will their job forecast look like? Will technology strip them of a career path? Or can they think of entrepreneurial areas that fill a void no one has contemplated? How would we know if we don’t initiate the conversation? It can be at home, in church, the park, on vacation or over dinner.

It can all begin with one question – ‘what is your passion?’


Read for more info: FastCompany, ‘Why Millenial Women Are Burning Out’, Kelly Clay (March 8, 2016).

Heather Lascano, shares professional experiences with conflict resolution, stress management, sensory assessments, and drug development research as it relates to advocating with the circle of influence around a child struggling with learning delays.


Written by Heather Lascano

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