I was at Nigeria Bottling Company #youthempowered programme as a mentor, I noticed a lot of youths who had studied courses in the University that had nothing to do with their passion or purpose, people working at places and on jobs that is not their first choice of preference, a particular lady spoke about studying Engineering in the university and is now an HR consultant.This bible verse came to mind and I would like to talk about it.

In this bible verse we have been admonished to raise or train a child in the way he should go and when he grows older he will never depart from it.
So the question is in what way should we train the child ?
Most people say in the way of the Lord, which is right but what about training the child in the way of his passion, talents, calling or purpose?

Your role in the life of your child is to promote his spiritual, physical, emotional,intellectual,social and moral development. You are to partner with God to identify his specific purpose here on earth and to guide and direct him in that way. You are to equip the child with the necessary skills and also create opportunities for that child to excel.

Start by observing your child, identify his uniqueness and strengths. What is he good at? What are the things he can do effortlessly? Help him to harness these latent potentials and develop them into greatness.

We have a lot of people who are frustrated because they have not discovered who they are, people working on jobs they have no business being in, just to keep body and soul together.

Please let’s raise the next generation in the right way, let’s help them to discover who they are early by exposing them to different opportunities and area of interest. I am sure when we do this, we will have people who are passionate about their work and putting in 101% . They will end up building a career in their passion and would never depart from it.

Oluwatoyin Ogunkanmi
Parenting Support System.