Welcome to Inspiring Wayfinders!

Working in a career center for part of my career, I was put in the position to help students figure out what they wanted to do with their lives.  What I found out was they often had no clue what they wanted.  They seemed to make choices based on how much money they might make or some other arbitrary reason.

I began to realize that their journey into their career really needed to start long before they got to college.  The kids who did the best in their job search were those who knew themselves, their own strengths and, in some cases, what they wanted.

I also realized that schools don’t really help kids figure out what their unique contribution to the world will be.  Many schools promote standardization just by the nature of our education system. I did really well in school and I loved it, but once I didn’t have someone telling me what to do and when, I didn’t have the tools I needed to navigate the real world.

Now I am a parent of two beautiful kids, a boy and a girl, and I’d like to do what I can to help them discover who they are, their strengths, their uniqueness, and help point them in the right direction long before college.

Nothing can replace a child’s personal journey.  They need to do the heavy lifting.  But maybe there are some things I can do along the way to help them.

That is what I’d like to discover.  And I’d like to post my thoughts here so maybe they can help other parents with the same desires.

And maybe I’ll figure out a few things to help myself along the way.

My goal is to post on this blog once or twice a week.  I hope each of my posts will give parents strategies and tactics they can easily build into their interaction with their kids.