We are a family of dreamers. We believe it is important to not only dream big, but to visually put our dreams in front of us and do what it takes to accomplish them. Most parents dream FOR their kids. We found ourselves doing the same. But when we decided to involve our kids in our dreaming, something changed. I realized how important it is to cultivate that spirit in our children to dream for themselves and work for those dreams.
I found myself growing up trying to be something everyone else wanted me to be, instead of who I wanted to be. I wanted to be a country singer, travel to other countries and change the world! Overtime the realities of this world, society, and finances began to determine who I was going to be instead of who I had churning in my heart.
I knew I did NOT want that for my children. I want them to be creative, pretend, have healthy desires for things and experiences. So we made a decision to dream WITH our children, not FOR them!
With that in mind we had a family night where we all sat around and created a “Dream Board”. It was really simple and something I want to encourage you to try as a summer fun activity with your kids.
Have you ever stopped to ask your kids, “What do you want to do this summer? Who would you like to see? What would you like to have?” You may be surprised at the sometimes silly but simple things that they answer with.
So grab yourselves some poster board, glue sticks, markers, magazines and scissors, and begin asking yourself and your kids some of those questions. Ours hangs on our pantry door so we can see it everyday.
We also had our oldest, Banks, make a “summer list” of things he wanted to do. The key is to teach them that dreaming is amazing, but accomplishing is the real prize. Set some goals or chores with your kids on how to achieve those things. I promise you want regret it and maybe, just maybe, you can bring out some childhood dreams of your own and begin to live again!!