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Helping Them Follow Their Dreams

True confession: I was one of those kids that was always in trouble for daydreaming. There were a few people in my family and our circle of friends that wouldn’t tease me about it – they would actually take the time to ask me what I was thinking about. It is those people that kept helping me define and pursue my dreams that made all the difference in my life. I kept dreaming and building and designing, received a degree in engineering, and worked, and then came home to be with our children – an amazing turn in my life. usab-child-seuss-dream-quote_196041
I determined that I would encourage their dreams, keep them talking, pursuing, and having fun along the way. Homeschooling opened that door in a big way for our kids.
I tell you this to suggest that you take time when the opportunity arises, to do the same thing with your children. We get so busy educating them that we sometimes lose sight of the goal. The goal is not to fill them up with random bits of information to complete checkoff liusab-child-daydreaming-matisse-quote_6439942sts. The goal is to discover what God has placed in them, and to find ways to encourage them and help them pursue these special gifts and talents.
We raised a gifted veterinarian, a visionary tree farmer/entrepreneur, and a computer scientist extraordinaire. God knew what He was doing when He knit them together, and we discovered that focusing primarily on His creation was the path to success.
usab-boy-kaleidoscope-gods-gift_59199977Take time to ask them about their dreams – dream Lego creation, dream art project, dream computer they’d like to build, dream tree fort, dream invention, dream cake, and on and on. Their answers may be very simple at first, and that’s always the best place to begin.
Blessings,
Amanda B.

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