Whether they hope to become a teacher, a chef or the president of the United States, young children tend to have big dreams about what they will be when they grow up. But even they cannot imagine the careers they might have – because 65 percent of the jobs children will have in the future don’t yet exist, according to the World Economic Forum.
But while the future is a mystery, the skills needed to succeed in it may not be. Critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, self-control, adaptability and memory are important abilities often collectively referred to as executive function skills. What does executive function mean, exactly? According to Harvard’s Center on the Development Child, these skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions and juggle multiple tasks successfully. Read more on the Primrose Pointers for Parents blog.