Growing up, I was once told that I could not be anything I wanted to. It’s funny the things we choose to remember. The person was someone I loved and trusted, but they had a limited worldview and a limited education. In college my advisor told me to drop out and resume my education at another time in my life. Thankfully, I had enough common sense to know that other people do not know my full potential. I went on to graduate with a dual degree in 3.5 years and my love for learning has only increased with time.
The fact is, most people hardly get to know you well enough to have a say in your future. Internally, you know what you are capable of, so filter out the negative and never let go. Everyday I work hard to prove that dreams can come true if you stay persistent, get the right instructions, and believe that you can do it.
Dreams are like wishes if you don’t have a plan in place they just float in mid-air. But once you add a plan to your dreams they become goals that you can work on fulfilling. To help my daughters have the support they need so they never feel like their dreams have ceilings or limitations I try to expose them to as many educational and fun opportunities I can. I want them to see the world as a window of open opportunities. Thus, a big part of my daughters’ homeschool education is showing them that reading, science, and math are fun. Through field trips, experiments, challenges, and extra curricular classes I share more experiences with them than I had growing up. My husband and I also share our love for learning and entrepreneurship with our little ones by allowing them to help us with our businesses and take part in seeing us happy while enjoying our hobbies.
Give Big Opportunities
By giving my children opportunities to create and learn, I also have to be willing to let them struggle too. For some reason, I noticed while growing up struggles and adversity reminded me to work harder. They became tools for motivation. It’s easy to want to shelter our children and give them everything so they want for nothing, but I’ve seen that mindset produce naïve adolescents who break under pressure. A little difficulty will help children learn how to solve problems, it also helps develop resiliency.
Life cooperates with us because we don’t have to develop situations on our own to teach our children about working hard and struggles. Those situations tend to come on their own. We just have to make sure we don’t shield our kids from learning how to cope when things don’t go the way they want them too.
Big Challenges Can be Overcome
Similarly, Princess Tiana, faced struggles, and our kids will too. In the movie The Princess and the Frog, princess Tiana is a hardworking waitress, in Louisiana, who dreams of opening her own restaurant. She faces her greatest challenge when her dream is thwarted because she turns into a frog. This movie is a classic fairy tale, and the metaphor is profound. In ever person’s life, there may be a few setbacks, even a few major setbacks, but don’t give up because we can overcome even your biggest challenges if you stay determined. Just like the song says, you can be the greatest, you can be the best…you can be a master…dream big princess!