JAM | May 25, 2023

Parents, guardians urged to encourage children to ‘explore their interests and passions’

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Attorney-at-law Roxanne Bailey shares a moment with students of the Sylvia Foote Basic School in Kingston, who are dressed as lawyers for a recent career day event at the institution. Miss Bailey was the guest speaker. (Contributed photo)

Attorney-at-law, Roxanne Bailey, is urging parents and guardians to “encourage your children to explore their interests and passions”.

Bailey was sharing the advice at a recent career day at the Sylvia Foote Basic School in Kingston. She said that when children are consistent with their studies they are more likely to retain information and perform well in exams. 

“Guide them in choosing a career path that aligns with their goals. Praise your child’s efforts and achievements. This will help build their self-confidence and motivate them to pursue their dreams,” she said. 

File photo: Children reading

Bailey also urged children to develop good, consistent study habits during their school years, as this will pave the way for success in their chosen careers and other areas of life.

Additionally, the attorney-at-law shared that consistent studying helps children to build the self-discipline and time-management skills that are essential for success in life.

She told the students and parents gathered for the career day that by dedicating time to their studies, students will learn the “value of hard work and perseverance, which will help them achieve their goals”, highlighting that it is important for parents and educators to encourage children to stay consistent with their studies.  

“By providing a structured environment, setting realistic goals, and offering positive reinforcement, we can help children develop a love for learning and set them on a path to success,” Bailey noted.

She further encouraged students to avoid procrastination as it could lead to “missed opportunities” and a lack of progress towards their goals. Instead,  they should prioritise tasks, manage their time effectively, and avoid “negative self-talk and limiting beliefs”.

She urged the children to avoid distractions such as excessive use of social media and the playing of video games, and said, “When you believe in yourselves and your abilities, you are more likely to achieve your goals. You should focus on your strengths and work on improving your weaknesses.”

Success requires perseverance and resilience. You should learn from your failures, stay motivated, and keep pushing forward towards your dreams.

Attorney-at-law, Roxanne Bailey

“While it is important to have fun and relax, it’s also important to balance leisure activities with your career aspirations. Avoid giving up too easily. Success requires perseverance and resilience. You should learn from your failures, stay motivated, and keep pushing forward towards your dreams,” she advised.

Bailey highlighted the legal profession and shared that lawyers can use their skills and knowledge to make a positive impact by advocating for social justice and human rights. 

“Lawyers can represent individuals and groups that have been marginalised or mistreated and fight for their rights in court. They can also work for non-profit organisations and use their legal expertise to advance social justice causes,” she noted.

She also commended teachers for the important role they play in their students’ development by saying, “They work tirelessly to provide our children with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their careers”

She  urged the wider community to “protect our children and create a supportive environment for them to thrive. Let us work together to provide our children with the resources and opportunities they need to achieve their full potential. Guiding children towards their careers requires patience, support and encouragement. Let us all do our part to help our children succeed”.

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