Dreams are the thoughts and visions that inspire us. Goals are the means to attain our dreams. In other words, it is okey for kids to have crazy dreams like becoming the next superman or even the next president. The important thing is to encourage our kids to choose dreams that are realistic and help them set up long-term goals. Not only so they develop self-confidence when they reach a milestone, but also to develop resilience and learn how to cope with setbacks. In this week’s “1 minute Peppy Talks” we’ll do an exercise that will help you talk about short and long-term goals and what it feels like to have a dream.
Exercise: Have your child draw one of his/her dreams in life. Use different colors, glitter or whatever seems fun.
An important note in this exercise is not to judge if a dream might seem unrealistic to you. Instead help your child sort out what is fantasy and what might be a realistic dream to have.
Ask: What did you draw?
- How does it feel to have a dream?
- What can you do to make your dream come true?
- Are there different ways to fulfill your dream?
- How would it feel in your body if it came true?
- What would you feel if it did not?
Purpose: To express our dreams and talk about perseverance.
Want to experience more? Being able to have dreams and set goals is a part of our Emotional Intelligence. Learning how to cope with our feelings in good and bad times will help us achieve our dreams. If dreams seems like a big step for you and your child to discuss, take a step back and talk about wishes instead. What do you wish for today/this week? How can we make that wish come true?