Ask young children what they want to be when “they grow up,” and you may be pleasantly surprised by their responses. Childhood is filled with wonderful, almost magical, looks at the real world. To all of us adults who may be a little more reality focused, we laugh and think longingly of our own dreams. If you think back to your feelings about growing up, you may have also had very high hopes. Wasn’t that a great feeling? Where did that joy go? Well, dreaming up these marvelous carreer paths never has to leave us–really.
In children, it is the begining of setting goals, developing strategies and working hard to someday achieve them. Challenges aside, we all need goals. Listen to your children’s goals and encourage and challenge them to never let go of those dreams. You have the ability to help them strive and thrive in the world. Take it seriously, because the world is always changing–and so will their dreams.