Do you know what your children’s vocation is? Because it is your duty to discover it. Children can give you signs about what they like to do or what catches their attention the most, but it will be your duty to lead them on the right path so that they can discover exactly what they like to do the most. Remember that the vocation will be yours alone, it has nothing to do with your desires towards what you would like them to do.
The vocation does not come when you are an adult, nor does it show itself in adolescence… The vocation begins to show itself when children are quite young and begin to show their interests. Parents just have to pay attention to those signs so they can know where their children want to go. Observation is the best tool for you to find out what that vocation is all about.
You will not discover it in an afternoon, far from it. You will need many days, months and even years of observation, checking their tastes, trying new things and seeing which ones your child responds best to. Children are spontaneously interested in things such as drawing, painting, animals, insects, cars… Parents need to ask themselves why they are interested in those things and not others. Your son will be showing you the signs of what he is passionate about almost without you realizing it.
Pay attention to the signs
It is possible that children say one day that they want to be a firefighter and another day a formula one driver and suddenly they change and want to be a veterinarian. Any child who explores the world wants to discover everything he can and more, although when he is not influenced by other external factors, he will naturally show you what he really likes and is interested in.
The game is the best strategy that can be used to make a child feel comfortable and show you what his vocation is. With the game they can comfortably explore their world. When a child enters a state of emotional flow thanks to the activity that he is developing, then it will be a great sign for you. He will show you that he is enjoying himself and that what he does besides that he loves, dominates it almost naturally.
The importance of free play
In order to discover your children’s vocation, it is very important that you allow them to play with total freedom, without restrictions, that they are capable of discovering the world around them spontaneously. The game will allow you to discover the elements, discover through symbolic play what you really like and will want to do over and over again, because it feels good to ‘play’ what you are so passionate about.
Help you enjoy your vocation from childhood
If he likes the piano, let him enjoy learning… But don’t instill in him to play a musical instrument just because you think it’s good for him/her and your little one really hates it. Think of adults, that when they do what they love at work, they are never really working, they are enjoying themselves! For children it is the same with their vocation, they do not have to feel that they are making an effort to learn something or to improve… They do not have to feel that it is an obligation, because the vocation is absolute pleasure in carrying out a specific activity.
When a child is young, he will not know very well what kind of professions adults develop in their lives, but perhaps, even if a child does not know what a biologist is, he loves bugs and things related to nature, he may not know what is an astronomer, but he loves the stars and he will not know what a mechanic does either but he loves to disassemble cars to see what they have inside… They need freedom and confidence to be able to enjoy what they like through games or books.