Every parent on the planet wants their children to do well. It’s one of the facts in life that parents build castles in the sky for their children before they’ve arrived fresh from the womb. Parents spend their whole lives encouraging their children to fly as high as they possibly can and do well in life, and it’s an important part of what makes their children successful; parental support.
We walk our children through rolling, sitting, talking, walking and their first day of school and all the while we are coaxing them to do new things, we feel sad that their growing up and learning to fly means one day flying away from us and being independent. Parents endure the first worrisome hospital visits, seeing the pediatric dentist nervously, as their skills in brushing their teeth are put to the test. Parenting is all about doing what’s best for your child, and a big part of that is swallowing down the worry they’ll move out one day in the future and encourage them to be as adventurous as possible. Children will always have changing ideas about what they want to do and who they want to be in life, but how can parents encourage their children to reach for the stars?
- Set Them Up. Children can be very successful but they require the support of their parents to get them there. If your child is showing a strong desire to dance, and an aptitude for it, then getting them the right tutoring and dance lessons are exactly what you need to do. Give them the tools they need to be a success and do what you can to open the avenues up for them.
- Put Their Ideas In The Spotlight. If your child comes to you and tells you that one day they want to walk on the moon, don’t scoff at them. Children often have ‘out there’ ideas about what they want to be in life and it only takes one negative word from you to stamp out the light of hope in them. Children rely on the opinion of their parents far more than we realize, so even if the ideas they have for themselves seem ridiculous, keep encouraging them.
- Communicate. Talking is the best way to keep up to date on what your children want. You cannot hope to encourage their dreams if you don’t talk to them and they need to trust that they can tell you what it is they need from you.
- Give Them A Hero. We’re not talking about Spiderman. If your child is interested in dinosaurs, take them to museums to learn about the adventurers who discovered said dinosaurs. Are they fascinated with all things spacey? Then they’ll love a planetarium and learning about Buzz Aldrin. Giving children someone to look up to that isn’t you is a key way to show them you encourage their thinking.
Your children can be amazing successes and it’s not always going to be down to them to put the work in. Be the parent that encourages their child to spread their wings and head for the sky.