The thoughts and dreams of children are what builds the leaders of our future. Are you encouraging your child to attain their goals no matter what they may be?
When I was a little girl, I wanted nothing more than to be a teacher. My parents stood by my side and embraced my interests by buying a desk and chalkboard which my siblings and I used to play school.
Although, I changed my “dream profession” a million times since then and don’t hold the same interest in becoming a teacher as I did then, their support allowed me to acknowledge that I could, in fact, be whatever I wanted to be.
I try to instill those same values in my children. Even though their “dream professions” change as much as their underwear, I want them to know they are fully capable to achieve any dream they may have. My sons have come to me with some pretty pretentious ideas: Alligator wrangler; an architect who would build the biggest toy store in the entire world; master chef of a restaurant that only serves chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese; and, my favorite, president of the world. While these ideas may seem a bit far-fetched and hard to achieve, I always encourage them to do the best they can while trying to achieve their goals. I know they’ll (more than likely) never become president of the world, but the fact they have my support and a foundation full of motivation will help them to continue moving toward something bigger while learning about themselves along the way. The last thing I want for any child is for them to be stuck in a job they don’t enjoy and won’t prosper in. I want children to change our environment, our cities and our country with their dreams and goals. Nothing drives success more than passion.
“You should never tell a child their dreams are unlikely or outlandish. Few things are more humiliating, and what a tragedy it would be if they believed it.”
Encourage, embrace and love!
“Encouragement and continued encouragement with their best interests in mind will provide them the stability they need to ultimately find what it is they are seeking. Your child may never truly land on their perfect “thing,” but your honest encouragement along the way will afford them the ability to deal with life as a happy and responsible member of it.
Thoughts, comments, questions? Email me, JennKaysen@gmail.com
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