So your kid wants to be an art major, huh?
Don’t freak out; it’s not as bad as you might be thinking. Slow your heart rate, take a few deep breaths, and check out how you can help to prepare your child for their path down the road of humanities.
Support Their Dream
One of the worst feelings a child can have is to feel they’ve disappointed their parents. As a parent, you never want your child to feel this way. They’ll get some grief from other people for their educational decision; they don’t need it from you. For this reason, it’s vital that your child feels you support their dream to get a college degree in art. It’s acceptable to ask them questions such as why they want to pursue this degree, what form of art they are passionate about, and what they plan to do after they graduate, in order to get both some answers for yourself and get them thinking about their future as an artist.
Let Them Take Classes
Once your child has decided to get a degree in art, whether they are 11 or 19, allow and even encourage them to take classes to hone their skills. This will help to show your child that you’re serious about helping to make their dream a reality, not just lip service. As an added benefit, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, taking classes—or even just appreciating art—can have amazing emotional and psychological benefits, like reducing stress and depression as well as helping to learn to deal with emotions.
Help Instill a Good Work Ethic
Since a life filled with art is your child’s desire, it’s important for them to learn that even a passion can sometimes be work. Setting up a scheduled time for your child to practice their skill set will help them to not only build a strong work ethic, but also help to prepare them for when they get into school and are, at times, required to complete work when they may not feel up to it. TakeStockInChildren.org adds that developing the habit of working hard will increase your child’s success in both their school work and studies, as well as their life after their formal education has ended.
Develop Translatable Skills
Although you may worry that your child will never be employable with an art degree, it’s worth mentioning that there are skills that art develops that can translate very well to other endeavors, like was mentioned above with a strong work ethic. ArtsBridge.com explains that those involved in the arts learn skills like giving and recieving constructive criticism, presenting in front of large groups of people, and learning to represent themselves appropriately.
To bolster your confidence in your child’s choice of education, according to FRED Economic Data, the unemployment rate for high school graduates with no college education is 5.4 percent while the unemployment rate for college graduates, regardless of their chosen degree, is only 2.7 percent. With this knowledge and the tips mentioned above, you should be able to support your child on this quest for their own education.