If there’s a question that’s a basic standard in virtually all kindergarten classrooms, it’s “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Talking to children about potential careers can be a great way to help them try on interests while also getting a feel for the lifestyles attached to various careers.
Kids who are able to connect school subjects to their plans for the future tend to do better in school, both in grades and on standardized tests. When education becomes instrumental to them, kids are more engaged and work harder. If math homework gets a child closer to a goal, it’s much easier to muster the energy to do it.
Ask your child about their interests at school, and keep an eye out for any hidden talents or interests they might have. You never know when you can help uncover something they love.