You can be a massage therapist that works specifically with babies and children. People under estimate the power of massage and physical touch that allows for great healing overall in the human body and mind. Even just giving a child hand, feet, head and neck and shoulder massages work and have the same great benefits as when adults receive massages. It allows for relaxation, calmness, bonding (for open talks to let out pent up feelings), adrenaline and endorphins to flow, as well as many other great benefits. I massage my children (4yrs and 7yrs now) all the time, and they sleep better, wake up better, moods are better, and they are overall calmer, relaxed, and that all contributes to overall better health, mental and physical.
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If your interested in doing work that helps children while not working with them directly, generating content geared toward kids is a great option. One of my ongoing jobs has been writing children's stories for an online application. There are many types of stories, but the work I am assigned often has a moral to it that should help children learn lessons that are applicable to the real world. They also focus on creating diverse content that teaches about other cultures and religions. It has been very rewarding. I'm sure there are other types of content, such as that for games or video content, that would also be aimed at a younger audience.
I also highly recommend tutoring. Though similar to teaching, working one on one with students is a lot different than being in the classroom, and some kids need that personal attention, especially on topics with which they are struggling.
Hi Briseida! I encourage you to look into non-profit work! There are a variety of non-profits that address a number of social issues, including education access. I myself am a College Adviser for a non-profit and I help underprivileged students through the college application process.
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Hi Briseida! The other Professionals here have all shared some really great careers that work with children. I'll add that I have several good friends who work with children through their work in occupational therapy, speech therapy, and social work. Do some research on these careers and see if they are of interest!
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Jobs helping children are some of the most admirable endeavors, so kudos to you for being interested! There are many different paths someone could take toward a career in working with children. A few that come to mind:
- School guidance counselors
- Public service programs such as social workers
- Child-focused specialties in fields such as occupational therapy, psychology/psychiatry, physical therapy, etc.)
- Youth program coordinators (music, art, sports, Scouts)
- Boys & Girls clubs, Big Brother/Big Sister programs
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One can be a tutor to help student improve their grades in either Math, English, Science or Reading. You can do this by volunteering in your school, local library or any community outreach program supporting literacy needs for children. For example some local libraries provide teen programs to foster learning in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). You can start by asking your librarian on how you can participate and help kids at the same time.
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