Good morning. How often do you look back at your childhood? I try to think of mine as often as I can, because I don’t want them to fade out with age. I have one son, and I don’t want him to feel the same boundless opportunities I felt as a kid (still strive to feel each and every day). As a mom, my dreams and goals isn’t just for me anymore. Some of those very same dreams and goals never die, and we’re never too old to realize them. Here are ways to help push your kids that will help them strive through their own dreams!
1. You’re raising little precious souls. Always let them know how much they are loved. If you gravitate toward the negatives in life, your kids will too.
2. We learn the most important things in life through experiences, beginning with those first steps. Our kids will stumble, but always be there to pick them up, wipe away their tears and encourage them to keep moving forward.
3. Provide them with some source of guidance, love and support through their trials. If something doesn’t piece perfectly together for them, and if it doesn’t turn out the way they like, help them start over and rebuild it together.
4. It can be so heartbreaking seeing your child have a bad day, with Cameron, I can see how much fear he has stepping up to the plate (literally) but even if he strikes out, walks, or hits a RBI in, this teaches him coping skills and shows him that he will survive and overcome disappointments during those bad days.
5. If they don’t have the support and encouragement they need to reach their dreams and goals in their childhood they don’t learn the challenges and pitfalls of adulthood. This will devastate them and make them feel like failures the rest of their lives and the cycle will more than likely continue through generations. I have witness this first hand through family members of my own family.
6. There are flipsides. I can’t tell you how many times, I want to do something for Cameron. You know, “oh just let me do it for you” I want to bat for him, I want to catch fly balls for him, I want to go to school for him, and protect him from the least little things. BUT – I can see where this is depriving him from solving his own problems.
7. Parents need to be present as much as possible to give their kids direction, so that they can make the best decisions possible.