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[Global Conversations] Let's support our Children's Dream

Parents usually want their kids to be doctors and engineers, but what happens if they support exploration of different fields?

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This story was submitted by mobile phone as part of the Amplify program's Global Conversations project, an effort to extend the reach of this challenge to communities without reliable access to the Internet.

This story was submitted by Mohammad Muzaffar Hussain from Jharkhand in response to a weekly program on  Hopes and Dreams relating to early childhood development.

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I am Mohammad Muzaffar Hussain, the District Coordinator for Hazaribagh. Our children’s dreams are our nation’s dreams. Nowadays, there are parents who impose their dreams on their children… I do not agree with this approach. What children want to study should be their decision to make. They should be corrected only if they are taking the wrong direction. For example, if someone else’s son is studying engineering, many parents will pressurize their children to study engineering too. But their own children might have other talents and capacities. There are many fields apart from medical and engineering which are attractive and can afford high status. If children want to go into these fields, they should definitely be encouraged. I appeal to all parents not to impose their dreams on their children. I intend to present this issue before the Delhi government as well. By this, I am not asking parents to leave their children unguided. My sister wants to be a probationary officer in a bank. As her guardian, I do everything to fulfill her dreams… I give her books, notebooks and other facilities, like tutoring. This, I believe is my duty. I am Mohammad Muzaffar Hussain from Hazaribagh. Thank you.

This story calls attention to the importance of parents supporting children's curiosity instead of imposing their personal goals. It's interesting to have learned through contributions of people living in rural areas in Bihar and Jharkhand, India that most parents want their children to be engineers or doctors. Does this shape the way they support their children in the first five years? Does it prevent them from supporting their children explore different ways of learning? How do you support your child's or sibling's curiosity for non traditional careers?

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