‘Have you done your homework?’ I asked my son, who was busy tucking a paper boat into his bag, for show-and-tell in school the next day. He nodded and pat came the question back from my kindergartner, ‘Have you done yours, mumma?’
‘Homework? Me? I was a student many years ago, my dear. The only homework I do now is when I help you with your worksheets!’
But with his innocent question he had left me thinking. What would I, as a parent, consider my homework? Something as basic as planning the next day’s tiffin or the impending theme party? No. Something much more essential, to be prepared in time and with the child’s future in mind. And it took me no time to arrive at the answer - financial planning to help my son realize his dreams.
All parents plan for their children’s futures and careers form an integral part of those tomorrows. I may wish to see my son as a pilot, his father a doctor and he, in turn, might harbour his own unique aspirations. As parents all we can do is be ready – not just emotionally but financially too – for their various life goals.
While I Google searched to learn more, I chanced upon this video, a part of Axis Mutual Fund #DoYourHomework.
Children were asked to draw a picture of what they would like to become while parents were asked to paint what they would like their children to become in the future. And, they couldn’t cross notes with each other! Surprisingly, great minds did not think alike in this case, and children expressed their aspirations to pursue careers contrasting to what their parents wished for or from them.
It made me see how my child is perhaps much more aware than I was at his age, and with a mind of his own dreaming his own dreams. I came back to the question then – what were we doing today to assist him in his career choices tomorrow?
The same evening my husband and I got talking about it (because it is never too early, you know!) and discussed how investment in mutual funds made sense, and something which campaigns like Axis Mutual Fund #DoYourHomework, were trying to highlight. Rather creatively, actually! How?
Firstly, by understanding parents’ perspectives about their children’s future and how they plan to fulfill their children’s aspirations. Then, children were interviewed to understand their views too. The comprehensive research covering various cities and children between the age group of 4 and 12 years was revelatory. For instance, it was found that children are getting much more independent in their career choices, and simultaneously increasing education-related expenses are the biggest parental worry. Questions beset our minds! Questions which rear their heads time and again, and this day thanks to Axis MF provoking us, asking us if we’re on the same page as our children, when it comes to their future. Who knows what heights tuition fee will reach by the time my son is ready? Am I prepared? What about foreign education? The list is endless…
But now we know there is help at hand!
Platforms like homework.axismf.com enlist the Why, the How and the What for parents’ reference. Parents can find out education costs for various careers across various countries, even in the future, and arrive at the ideal amount one should invest in order to meet the future requirements. The group has also curated books to inspire the children to explore career options by reading short stories on professions, colouring activities and even puzzles. At Crossword Bookstores and Kidzania, Mumbai, painting experiments as seen in the Axis MF video above were organized, with introduction to the education calculator.
Oh, and in the age of Apps can homework be far behind? Through the Homework app, parents find out the costs of education across a multitude of courses in various countries at their finger-tips. The app not only gives info on the future value of the course which their children want to pursue, but also the estimated amount to invest to reach that goal.
Just like each child is unique in his aspirations, so are the planning paths for their parents. I guess the only important thing is being aware about their dreams as well as about those, like the #DoYourHomework campaign, who are working to make us aware and assist us in one of the most important decisions of our parenting lives.
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1. Homework is harmful to health
All parents say this: constantly growing academic workload and stress testing hit children's health. (That is why many students buy homework, namely essays from services such as the cheapest essay writing service Buypapercheap.net which is the best essay writing service. Professional writers help students write essays thereby freeing students from work).
2. Homework takes time
Today, children are busy as never before, says Peter Gray, a professor at Boston College. They spend too much time at school, then run to tutors, on the way back they turn into a section. The schedule is strictly regulated, every hour counted.
3. Homework Does Not Affect Performance
Alfie Cohn, one of the main critics of education, wrote the 2006 book Homework Myths. In it, he said that for younger students there is no connection between the amount of homework and academic achievement. In high school, communication is so weak that it almost disappears if more precise Rethinking Homework measurement methods are used in the study.
4. Homework teaches nothing
School education is absolutely divorced from life. After many years of studying English, the graduates cannot associate the two words, they have no idea which hemisphere they are resting in, they strongly believe in the power of homeopathy. Homework continues the trend: they clog their heads with facts that children cannot apply.
5. Homework kills the desire to learn
“Doing homework” still means either solving school examples or reading a few paragraphs. In fact, teachers shove home what they did not have time to tell from bell to bell. It is so dreary that homework turns into a heavy duty.
6. Homework spoils relationships with parents
Many parents do homework for and for children. It turns out so-so.