Do your homework – Let your children dream


We hurried off to the station. After dropping our daughter off at her college and helping her move in to her hostel room, it was time for my husband and me to leave.

Getting into a college of choice is a big milestone in the life of a child.  At the same time letting go off your child is a strange experience, a little sad too for the parents. The thought that an ‘Empty nest’ awaits you can be upsetting. I prepared myself for quieter days ahead, with no nagging about food, sleeping late, clothes, cleaning, etc.

DoyourhomeworkAfter exchanging goodbye, we got on to the train, and in a while the train chugged out of the station. On my way back the memories of the day, when she first went to school swarmed through my mind. It seemed like it was only yesterday that we dropped our little girl to school for the first time. Fourteen years had elapsed in between. The little girl was now soon to be a young adult, rejoicing in her new-found freedom in the college, 2000 kms from home.

Years seem to have passed by in a jiffy! Suddenly, I felt a sense of immense satisfaction of having discharged a big duty towards the child.

That’s life!

The education scenario has changed drastically in the last two decades, when  higher education in India was mostly limited to the government owned institutions.  With private institutions coming into play, several avenues and possibilities for different career options have emerged. Children these days also have a strong point of view of what they want to do in life. They are not contend simply to follow the footsteps of their parents.

Yet, with the plethora of choice available, you, as a parent would need to do a thorough study to identify the options which best suit the ability, aptitude and interest of your child. Most importantly, besides being emotionally prepared, you would also need to be financially prepared to be able to meet the children’s aspirations and support their choice of education.

You must #DoYourHomework to effectively plan for your children’s future.


How prepared are you to help your kids achieve their dreams?


This simple test on this site will help you to find out if you are on the same page as your children.

The site also has a curation of short books to inspire the children to explore the various careers by way of reading short stories on various professions, or solve crossword puzzles on various professions.


Right saving choices will help you to align your financial goals with the aspirations of your children. The key is to start early, estimate the future cost of education, and save consistently to enable your children to be future ready.

In the words of UNICEF

Every child has a right to an education which develops their personality, talents and abilities to the fullest.

So, are you ready to help your child explore different career choices?


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Readers Comments (31)

  1. Its always the right thing to plan well in advance and anticipate/evaluate possible risks and plan mitigation. The write up was nice and crisp and well connected to the message.

  2. Somali, this is indeed deeply driven thoughts and I can see and sense the emotional layers embedded in each of your lines and in each chosen words, speaks volumes. Yes, time fly and I can see how our kids have grown and grow up so fast and gone are the time in our childhood when time takes its own time to pass…, time goes in a jiffy, perhaps we have so much to do and we have same 24 hrs and we have lost the track of things happening around us and we are confused and clueless..

    Indeed we as parents need to get updated and get our home work done better to offer better and right options to our children, they are different and their aspirations are significantly different from what we had and we need to keep us constantly updated with the development in field of education…being in the field of education, many times I feel I am outdated in my thinking, I need to brush up and catch up with the thinking and ideas of our generation next.

    Especially daughter, they are so special and I cherish the time with my daughter and I feel I am so blessed to have a daughter and only parents who understand the true meaning of life can really appreciate the feeling of having daughter…angel and emotion.

    I agree, time goes, that’s life…where we can just sit back and reflect.
    Nostalgic indeed. Thanks for triggering a profound emotion within…

    • Thank you so much Nihar. Nice to know that you have a daughter too. 🙂
      Ironically when our children are small we wait for them to grow up, but later we find that they have grown up sooner than we realized they would. Children have a mind of their own and we have to support them in their choices.
      Also, how rightly you have pointed out that only in the childhood, time takes its own time to pass and later we are always looking for ways to squeeze in everything in the same 24 hrs.

      • Indeed this is very nostalgic post, it takes you straight way into your childhood…kids grow so fast and by the time you pause and take time to reflect they are out and away…daughters are precious and so special, those who don’t have cannot appreciate the true feelings.
        It is natural that we get carried away and try to superimpose our aspirations on them, after all they have their mind and their nurture their vision, and we many times fail to see and show them the way rather than be a hurdle and hamper them for pursuing their passion…

        By the way just landed and the new look of your main blog looks pretty neat and very elegant…

  3. A proper planning is very much needed for the kids. We have huge responsibilities as parents. It’s our duty to see that their dreams should realize, and that needs a strong financial support in today’s world. As you’ve said, time flies…should start early…

  4. Touched the very right points in bringing up children Somali.. It’s forever the child’s right to have the best education of his/her choice based the parents assets and finances and other capabilities.. Nothing should less be done here.. A timely Post.. Best wishes for your daughter for her well being and future growth!

  5. A proper planning is highly essential for both the kid’s present and future. A strong financial support is much needed to shape up their future. A very well-laid article! 🙂

  6. Yes as parents we have more responsibility towards their future than they themselves have.

  7. Oh Somali, I am already thinking how it will be when my kids grow big and venture out, leaving behind an empty nest. It makes my heart beat fast. I read this quote once “But kids don’t stay with you if you do it right. It’s the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won’t be needed in the long run.” ― Barbara Kingsolver, Pigs in Heaven Isn’t that so true?!!1

  8. It’s so right that the education scenario has changed a lot! Considering the cutthroat competition today, things need to be planned well in advance.

    A very thoughtful and informative post indeed!

  9. With so many options around it is not easy for kids to choose from. But parents also find it tough with all their experience.

  10. You won’t believe what this post did to me today. Would it be easier to imagine if I told you my toddler starts preschool today, in fact in another few minutes I shall be waking him up for the new phase of our lives, pheww!
    (I almost forgot, biggggg hellow, back after a while :))

  11. bhudeb chakabarti February 1, 2016 @ 1:58 am

    A timely post for the parents and children of today.

  12. Great thought wonderfully presented, Somali, thank you 🙂

  13. hmmm… Well… today there are varied career options… if you ask me bond with your child much before this stage sets in… talk about the interests and know the child’s talent and then listen to them and then discuss with them, don’t merely advise. There are various thoughts when in India a young person leaves home to study. Yes she taken up the course to study but does she have confidence and lifeskills to survive out of home, without protection of parents particularly a young lady. I think parents need to groom their kid on that as well, not just academics. Life skills is more important than education which you can gain anytime. Also saving money is important, but again emphasis to your child that she or he has to do well as parents are investing for them and they have the duty to fund themselves as well by doing well and availing loans schlarship etc… tell them what ever they do at college, they have to earn enough money for themselves after it that’s why higher education is given to them and abroad kids don’t get so much support. After all parents have to plan for their retirement as well… so make it clear to your child and tell them you love them, trust them and wish them all the best… your support will be there with them throughout even if they are adults they will be kids of you till the end and are very special but that does not mean they will be pampered… life is tough and hard and its the right time your child is gearing up for it. Anyway… blabbering!!

    • Thank you Amanda for stopping by and for the well intended words. I agree with you, Yes we need to understand the child’s aptitude and interests to support them in their choice of education and teach them life skills as well.
      Btw Amanda could you pls look into your comment section. It doesn’t show up which box is meant for Email id. It will be great if you could change it for readers to drop in a comment.

  14. It’s hard to see them go, but such is life. They have to take that big step. Parents have to prepare themselves emotionally and financially for these days. The site is a great tool for parents.

  15. Yes, higher education today is very costly and is stressful I reckon for parents… anyway


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