A bit off topic, but there's quite a few self-aware, smart Dads here. As I've started owning my shit physically, professionally and mentally I have realized that I'm raising my kids (7b, 3g) in my image -- comfortable suburbanite focused on academics and athletics. I'm sure this has been a worry of fathers for 300 years; the world is changing at an unprecedented pace and I'm very worried I'm not adequately preparing my kids.
Automation & AI will push young, lower-SES male unemployment to > 20% over the next 20 years which is a recipe for revolution. General unemployment will skyrocket similarly. We can guess at the careers that will benefit (e.g. programming) and those that will cave (e.g. trucking), but there are obviously unknowables.
I'm trying to come up with a set of skills that we can slowly work on that will best position my children for any future. I realize that this is Parenting 101, but the tilt being the assumptions of our parents (college => family => happiness) will likely fail. This may seem like doomsday prep, which isn't quite right... more future-proofing. Any thoughts, critiques or additions are appreciated.
Physical: - Basic TRP, functional strength and general conditioning as a cornerstone of life - Martial arts, be capable of self-defense against untrained foes, reach a competent level
Education: - STEM * 1000 - in your studies focus on where the puck is going
- general understanding that school != the real world, life is hard and C's get you fired - tools of entrepreneurship - chase ideas, take risk while young (especially when family can provide necessities if/when you fail). There is freedom in being your own boss - sales - there is always a place for people who can facilitate mutual creation of value
- mental point of origin - you cannot rely on the government or anyone else to solve your problems
- basic survival skills - not sure how to define this, but probably something around being able to live disconnected from society for a sustained amount of time
- basic mechanical ability/maintenance
This initial list is lacking in specifics. If you have an specific thoughts, please share. E.g. "I work in higher education and think it's on the brink of collapse because of x, y and z -- my kids will not be going to a 4 year school unless it's free or I can easily pay 100% of their bills."