About a year ago my daughter started begging me for her own social media accounts. Being the protective dad that I am, I said no. In the age of cyber predators and cyber bullying, I'm sure many dad of daughters can relate to my reluctance with releasing her into the world of social media. Eventually she and her mother wore me down. Once I got over my fears of "turning my kid over to the mean streets of social media, I began to understand her plans. My then 9 year old had dreams of using social media to showcase her cooking and her love for toys. She began to explain how she wanted to be a baker and NOT a YouTube star. If she got followers that would be fine but she says she just wants to inspire other kids on her journey to becoming a professional baker. At that moment I realized that her desire to be a business owner was very real. I could no longer deny her the right to be online.
"It's vital that dads allow their children to develop their own interests. I see too many dads attempting to force their career goals onto their kids only to find out later in life that their kid was miserable."
She's a year older now and her love for baking has intensified. Unlike me, my daughters have grown up watching two parents run their own businesses. To top it all of she and her sister live in a time where ADULTS have become millionaires by doing the mundane task of simply opening up toys. So, it's easy to see how this focused intensity has taken root. She does have some interests in being a typical kid on social media, but she is also extremely driven to use the internet for business. My girl now has her own cooking Instagram page, YouTube channel and is actively writing her own cookbook for kids. As a media professional I'm thrilled that my now 10 year old has interests in using media to promote her business. If I'd grown up with parents that had entrepreneurship in their veins, there's no telling where I'd be right now. From a business stand point I was a bit of a late bloomer. It wasn't until the college years that I started my own business.
It's vital that dads allow their children to develop their own interests. I see too many dads attempting to force their career goals onto their kids only to find out later in life that their kid was miserable. Some kids find that living out their parents' career goals simply isn't for them. They need space to pursue their goals. Dads must prepare their kids for and direct them towards success. As a father, I have very little interest in baking. However, my wonderful daughter does. So... guess where a good portion of my money goes to? Baking supplies of course. I've been put on notice to not buy toys, instead bring home those baking supplies. Where has my baby girl gone? I have to believe she's growing up to follow the path of success. For whatever she accomplishes in this life, I'm thankful to have had a part in helping her get equipped for her journey.