When I was a child, I was never quite sure what I wanted to be when I grew up. Or rather, I always knew what I wanted to be, but my decision changed with each passing week. Back then I was sure, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I could be absolutely anything I wanted to be. There were just so many choices!
Now that I have children of my own, I see that same conviction in them when they talk about the future. My oldest son Zackary, especially, is just like I used to be. In fact, ever since I told him that his Karate sensei was also a police officer, he’s become enraptured by the idea that he could actually have more than one job! When last discussing his future plans, Zackary told me, “When I grow up, I want to be a fireman, a karate master, a race car driver and an inventor.”
Since I remember being the same way as a child, I know that it may take my son years to decide what he wants to pursue as a career one day. Even near the end of high school, I still hadn’t decided what I wanted to do for a living. While I hope that my son has a little more direction than I did by the time he graduates, I know that in the end, he’ll have to take the time he needs to make his decision. But there is one thing that I can do to help my son prepare for his future career. By starting an RESP early in my son’s life, I’ll be helping to ensure that when Zackary knows what he wants to do for a living and what education he needs to accomplish his goals, he’ll have the money he needs to pursue his dreams. [Read more…]