Kids at Lemonade StandDuring the hustle and bustle of the school year, children’s dreams, outside of school and activities, may get lost in all of the busyness.

Beyond getting good grades and performing well in sports/music/etc., your kids may have some hidden dreams they want to accomplish that the school year leaves little time for.

Summer break provides a golden opportunity for your children to dream big and expand who they are. And learning how to go for their dreams will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

(For those who live in the Southern Hemisphere, have fun with this during your winter break! It’s a great time of year for you to take action on your dreams, as well!)

 

Step 1:  Help them identify their dreams
The first step to helping your children get in touch with their dreams is to help them discover what they want!  Is there anything they’ve been wanting to create this year? Something special they want to try out, experience, or achieve?
Do they want to perform in a play (or write their own), run a 5k, start a business taking care of pets or selling baked goods, make a movie with friends, learn about carpentry, invent a product, create a game, learn how to cook, or show their artwork in a local cafe? Encourage your kids to dream big, and have fun with it!
Step 2:  Help them learn how to turn their dreams into action with goal setting
Action is the key for turning dreams into reality. After your children have selected one or two dreams to focus on, the next step is to take action using goal setting.
Below is the goal setting process we use in our life coaching for kids program that you can use with your children, too!
1. First, have children write their goals and explain why their goals are important to them.  Their “why” is the key ingredient for helping them stay motivated if they experience challenges along the way.  For example, if a child wants to start a lemonade stand, her “why” might be to save money for a special toy or game.
Summer Lemonade Stand for Kids
2. Second, have your child identify a list of tasks that are required to accomplish that goal. In the example of the lemonade stand, several of the tasks might be to:  find a great lemonade recipe and try it out, identify a location with a lot of people, create posters to advertise the business, etc. Depending on your child’s age and the complexity of the goal, you might want to help her brainstorm the list of tasks needed to accomplish the goal. A great way to support children in thinking through what needs to be done is to ask questions such as:  “How are you going to make change if someone gives you a $5 bill?”.
3. Third, have your child identify when each step needs to happen to accomplish that goal.  Encourage her to establish start and stop dates for each task so she knows she can get everything done in time.  In the example of the lemonade stand, your child will need to make the poster and get money for change before opening day.  These steps may be obvious to us as grownups, but learning to plan and think ahead is a skill that children need to develop.  And the goal setting process is a perfect way to start.
4. Finally, have your child track her progress, and celebrate her successes!
Even if your children take just a few small steps toward achieving their dreams this summer, they’ll learn a valuable lesson about the power of setting goals and acting on them.
To help your help kids with goal setting, click here for a template you can use to jump start the process.
Adventures in Wisdom - Goal Setting Card
Click here to learn more about our “life coaching for kids” home study program! And if you’d like to help other children as well by becoming a certified WISDOM Coach, just, click here to get a sample coaching story and learn more.

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