It is so exciting to hear children’s dreams, as to what they want to be when they grow up. Parents all too willingly oblige their children when they dress-up in costumes and play pretend. Kiddie versions of adult tools and kits for doctors, nurses, carpenters, firemen, policemen, scientist, and other professions are such hits in toy stores. Most children are really not all that serious about these dreams at such young age – it could simply be the cool red fire truck or the spiffy looking coat that attracts these kids. Their dreams will be more concrete over time as they develop their skills and interests. In the meantime, parents will simply have to provide various stimuli to their children to help them discover what they really want to do.
Although exposing kids to toys, books, lessons, and movies about specific occupations and careers is recommended, parents are advised to examine their own motivations for doing so. In some cases, parents could unconsciously be trying to influence a child towards a certain direction. Often, this direction has to do with the parents’ own dreams and aspirations. Starting the children’s dream this way might not be the wisest thing to do. They might eventually find themselves unable to achieve their dreams simply because their hearts are not into it. There are people who find themselves unsatisfied with what they have achieved despite succeeding in their professions. And, this is largely because they were “pushed” into the careers by their parents.
Encouraging children to dream and helping them pursue their dream starts with helping them discover themselves. Be observant about what activities and materials your child takes a special interest to. Support him in the activities that he excels in and provide what he needs to enhance his skills and build his competencies. And when he is ready to build his own dream, assure him that you will be there to walk through the journey with him.
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