How I Encourage the Children by Supporting Their Dreams
Every day, when my 5 year old son comes home from school, I check his work folder. Today, I was surprised to find a booklet he made called, “My Dreams.” I have never thought that far ahead for my kids. Sure, there were hopes and desires, but I always imagined they would be fulfilled as the children got OLDER. Then it clicked, the total epitome of a duh moment. Everything my hubby and I do now, is laying the foundation to our children’s aspirations. Continue reading to learn how I changed the way I approach our goals; and, how I encourage my children by supporting their individual dreams.
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1. It all starts with attitude.
Point blank, ambition starts with attitude. Now, I’m not saying you have to be that bubbly cheerleader mom, but you DO have to be a raving fan of all your children. Back them up, tell them good job, and provide daily inspiration for them to seek the good things in life. To encourage the children, I have to get out of my thoughts, and stay in the mindset that good things can happen. This is especially applicable when you work hard to achieve them. Life will not be all flowers and sunshine, but the focus should still adhere to positivity.
2. Give them an example.
Let them see you work hard. Let them also see you celebrate. The term work hard, play hard goes very far. Tell your children a version of your dreams. To encourage my children, I tell them what I’m working towards, and how I plan to do it. Then, as it’s accomplished, we thank The Lord together and give praise.
The kids see that mom and dad create ideas of the things they want. Dreams are not reserved for any special group or class of people. Regular ole mom and dad have aspirations, and so does everybody else. By showing that there is not exclusiveness with potential, the children have the mindset to formulate their own dreams, too. In other words, what is around them, in sight, is not all there will ever be.
A small spark is all it takes to ignite the entire atmosphere. Set that ember in your children.
3. Have conversations.
Engament fosters encouragement. Hence, to encourage my children, I purposefully speak to them everyday. The conversation is not strictly about goals. It’s whatever they feel like saying; however, it is intentional. Further than the fine and the good. It’s a true reflection of what they are feeling.
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By building a stronger bond for dialogue, you are widening the doors for open communication. I encourage my children by speaking to them about their dreams. This is beyond the momentary desire for a new toy or game, this is the true heart of my children’s motivations. Get to know your child, and build steps to continue these types of conversations.
4. Teach them what to do with adversity.
Yes, it seems weird; however, to show them all the possibility their lives have, you must also let them see the failures. I encourage the children by teaching them what I do with adversity. If mommy preservers and they see it, they are empowered to do the same. Furthermore, there are times when the world’s opinion just isn’t right. I believe it was Thomas Edison that failed over 1,000 times before success. He was judged and mocked, countless times. Children should not stop due to lack of confidence. They have to have you in their corner to tell them to try again. They need to see themselves as they were made, through His eyes. So, to encourage my children, I push them on, even if they stumble.
I will always encourage the children.
It’s a simple vow, brought to life by intention. I will always encourage my children to live their dreams. Through adversity, by having conversations, and positive attitudes, there will be nothing that can stop them. Please leave me a comment below with your thoughts. Let me know how much of a rock star your child is. Additionally, sign up for my newsletter for continued tips.
Until next time, when your hands are full, live your life to the fullest.