Growing Up With the Dream
Children are dreamers. Some of their dreams are silly (“I want to be a unicorn!”) and some are simple (“I want to go to Disneyland!”); most, however, will revolve around what they want to be when they grow up (“I want to be an actress!” “I want to be a doctor!” “I want to be the first person ever to walk on Mars!”). Empowering your child’s dreams are easy with these few tips.
In “Empowering Your Child’s Dream Part 1”, I explored what happens when your child has a big dream they want to achieve. My daughter Raquel told me at the age of 5 that she wanted to be the Prime Minister of Canada. What can you do as your child is growing to help make that dream a reality?
Variety is the Spice of Life
Expose your son or daughter to variety of activities and clubs (ballet, skiing, speed skating, hockey, Air Cadets, 4-H clubs, swimming, Scouts, toast masters, debate teams etc…) to help them find their passion. Once they find it, encourage them to pursue it with their heart and soul.
If they already have a passion, groups like these can give them the skills that they need to accomplish their goals—such as toast masters and debate teams for your aspiring politicians. If Justin wants to be an NHL superstar, get him in athletic clubs. If Emma wants to be a pop star, get her in dancing lessons.
CAUTION: Make sure it isn’t YOUR passion that you’re encouraging them to pursue. If Justin is only doing hockey because his parents want him to, it can do serious damage to his well-being, not to mention his relationship with his parents.
Get Invested in Their Success
Putting your kids in all these groups means investing time (and money) into developing the skills they need. By investing in these groups, you’re making the commitment to supporting your child’s dreams, and he or she will notice and be encouraged by the belief you have in the dream.
I encouraged Raquel to pursue leadership opportunities in school; she ended up being the president of the student council and many other school committees. She also developed her public speaking and debating skills by joining various groups and competitions. After working hard to get the highest grades, she was accepted into one of the best universities to obtain an Arts Degree in Political Science.
As a parent, you need to encourage your child every step of the way to pursue their dreams. Think about the word “encouragement:” it’s the act of “instilling courage” in your child. Such support enables them to see themselves as highly competent, with the tools they need to achieve what they want NOW.
Now that she’s 25, Raquel is running as the youngest candidate in Manitoba’s provincial election. Even after a lifetime of planning, however, it took some courage for her to run. She deliberated for two months, with me encouraging her every step—“You can do it! I believe in you!”—and I think that little push made all the difference for her.
Your kids will inevitably face trials and difficulties on the road to achieving their dreams. How can you help them get through it? Check Part 3 for the conclusion of “Empowering Your Child’s Dream” and for more tips.
Sheila Dancho is a certified Sanoviv Medical Institute Nutrition Advisor. She has over 20 years’ experience in the health and wellness industry and has helped thousands of people improve their lives. She’s also the Founder and President of Wealthy Network Marketing Women. To learn more about how she can help you to become Wealthy and Well, visit www.sheiladancho.com.