Encourage Your Children to Follow Their Dreams! | El Paso, Texas, USA!
“Dreams”: Are they important? Yes. Are they vital? Again, yes! Sometimes, it seems difficult to let your children follow their dreams, you’re scared it might not work out for them, that they might get hurt on their way or even worse, that they may fail.
But, do you remember when you were a kid? Didn’t you have stars in your eyes and fire in your heart? Didn’t you want to conquer mountains and live a great life? You might not have achieved that, but don’t you want a different life for your children? It doesn’t matter if it seems ridiculous, difficult, or even impossible, as long as they’re happy about working towards it; for achieving a dream is not a destination but a journey.
I remember as a kid, I was dreaming about becoming a writer. And hey! I did it. It wasn’t talent, it wasn’t genius, it was diligence and hard work. It was me, waking up every morning, thinking about my goal and doing everything in my power to achieve it. Most importantly, I never got discouraged by what other people thought, or by my many failures. Quite the contrary, when I was a young child, a couple of members in my own family told me I would never amount to anything. Boy, did I show them (And I still am). But I also had some pretty influential people who believed in me, encouraged me, made me believe in myself, reminded me that I had an abundance of talent and that I should do something great with it. I have to thank my Aunt Sylvia for this. She was my biggest inspiration. She was a single mom, who raised two great and successful kids, and became an educator herself. <3
Dreams are important for children; they give them something to look up to, and the hope of a bright future. If we take that away from them, we might as well tell them to stop thinking.
This subject is really close to my heart, which is why I’m writing this today. Here are a few to help your kids follow their dreams, and be happy with the journey it takes them to achieve those dreams.
- Make them talk: If you never ask your children about what they want to do in the future, they will probably never tell you. So, show interest in your kids, and in their dreams. Don’t just treat it like a silly thing, take it seriously, and they will do the same. This will show them that their dreams are actually important, and not just some other silly thing they say when someone asks them what they want to do when they grow up.
- Support your children’s self confidence: Raise your children to be confident, but not arrogant. Yes, it could be difficult to find a balance, but the best way to do this is to teach them about respect and assuming the responsibilities of their acts. Of course, this doesn’t mean they’ll always make the best decisions, no one is perfect, but it means they will always be able to make their own decisions.
- Finally, set the example: Have you always wanted to write a book? To start a blog? Earn a degree? Or even to travel the world? Well, go on and follow your dreams. You can’t tell your children to follow theirs if you’re not showing them a proper example of what it looks like to work hard for what you want. Talk to them about your own goals, and about how you’re trying to achieve them. This will have great impact on your children!