Jill of all trades, master of one
November 4, 2011 7:42 AM Subscribe
What kind of activities can I put my daughters in that, if pursued to a certain end, have the potential to end up on a resume? Example: “ability to swim” is not something you’d put on a resume. But “Certified Lifeguard” is.
posted by yawper to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (55 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I want each of my daughters to have at least one skill that they can say they mastered. Growing up, I was put into a lot of different activities, but never pursued any to the “end”. There was nothing inherently bad about that, and I’m thankful that I had the chance to experience many different things. As a result, I am a decent swimmer, skier, tennis player, skater and horseback rider. By decent I mean I can participate in all of these activities above the level of a beginner, but I’m not great at any of them. I do wish I had mastered something.
So I want this for my kids. I still plan on putting them in varied activities of course, but I want some of them to provide the potential of an end goal. I can think of a few more examples of this sort of thing:
Martial arts --> black belt
Boy scouts --> Eagle Scout
Can you help me come up with more? Also, if you were a kid who did accomplish something like this, I'd like to hear your perspective. Are you glad you did it? What were the pros and cons?
Lastly, though my parents never put me in any artistic/musical activities, I would like to expose my kids to them, so suggestions along those lines are welcome.
My kids are 7 and 8 and have so far been in swimming, skating and tennis (these are all ongoing, though not all at once).
Note: my motivation for this is not to give my kids a competitive edge and start padding their resumes before they’re 10. It’s to instill confidence in them and teach them the value of working hard to accomplish a goal.