Helping Children Record Their Interests and Talents

We all want our grandchildren to grow up to be happy and successful, right? And yet, studies and surveys repeatedly show that over half of all Americans are unhappy in their jobs. That’s why Karleen Tauszik designed When I Grow Up, I Want To Be…: The Annual Career Possibility Journal for Kids

As we grow up, we easily forget the things we loved to do as a child – our natural talents and gifts. We get pulled by societal pressures into fields where we can make more money or where we can climb the ladder quickly, forgetting and ignoring our special abilities that we bring to the world.

When I Grow Up I Want to Be… provides the way to remember and record those early talents, achievements, preferences and passions. By answering just a few questions every year from age 6 through to 18, children can create a valuable record of their talents and interests, and will be enabled to make better career decisions for a more fulfilling job and life.

This book is ideal for children between 6 and 12 years old. Children who receive the book when they’re older than 6 can write in whatever can be remembered from those earlier years. I tested some of the questions with my two granddaughters who are 13 and 9 years old. It was interesting to hear their answers. There are two pages for every year with space to write the answers.

Here are some of the questions:

  • When you have free time, what’s your favorite thing to do?
  • This year, what would you like to learn on your own or in school?
  • Draw a picture of your grown-up self at work.
  • Think of three things you’d like to have when you grow up. What are they?
  • What are your favorite topics in school?
  • What kinds of books do you pick at the library, bookstore or online?
  • If you could go to any event, what would you choose and why do you think it would be fun?
  • What makes you feel proud of yourself?
  • When you get together with friends, what do you like to do?

This unique journal would be a valuable treasure for any child who completes the answers. She would be able to look back at each year and have a record of her interests and talents as she was growing up.

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