As parents who understand the ins and outs of the world we live in, it’s important for us to teach our kids about the importance of going after their dreams. You have to encourage your kids to go after their dreams. Not letting anything get in their way. One of the best ways to do that is to walk the talk. And push them to be themselves and dream their own dreams, not blindly follow the vision of others.
How to encourage your kids to follow their dreams
Kids might seem like they’re playing, but they’re also watching and paying attention to everything we do. Kids mimic adult behavior all throughout their lives. When they’re teens, they test the waters of adult behavior and activities.
When they’re in middle school, they wax and wane between pretending they’re all grown up and spending time in the familiar space of childhood. We’ve all seen 2-year olds trying to sweep the floors or putting on makeup. They’re watching and learning from us, copying us, all the time.
So how can parents foster creativity, living with passion and living a life of purpose with our children? We can model the right behavior, every single day.
Along with the idea of modeling ideal behavior, we also need to let our kids see that they are unconditionally accepted and honored. Our kids need to understand that they have the right to speak their minds, express their feelings, and embody their spirits.
More parents have to learn to surrender their ideas of who they think their kids “should” be, and instead accept them as-is. If we’re open to it, our kids can be our biggest life gurus. How can you encourage your kids to dream big dreams and chase after them? Here’s some advice:
Tips to encourage your kids to dream big
- Share your dreams with your kids, and do so often.
- Work on your own dreams.
- Find out more about their passions and their dreams.
- Let your kids discover and explore through creativity.
- Encourage them not only to do things they think they ‘should’ be doing but also to be doing things they have a passion for
- Teach them not to be afraid of letting their passions take over healthily.
Remember when you were a kid and you dreamed you could be anything? Perhaps it was a ballerina, or a firefighter, or even a marine biologist – anything and everything seemed possible.
Imagine what a wonderful world we’d live in if we could all just dream like kids again. If instead of completely outgrowing our imaginative childhood, we embraced our every passion. They say that the passions children have are clues to what their lives will become.
Kids who are encouraged to embrace their dreams will undeniably have a much more solid foundation of self-understanding and awareness. That almost gives them something like a golden ticket to an adulthood filled with passion and adventure, and who doesn’t want that for their kids?