I think for adults and especially parents-“pursuing your passion” often falls away when you’re busy just trying to pay your bills, or not lose your cool when your son plants himself in the middle of the sidewalk and refuses to budge until you promise him you’ll feed him a chocolate bar for dinner. I guess some of the passions I once harbored have fallen away- and at 41 years-old, I am ready to reclaim them…although I’ll probably never be a dancer with the Alvin Ailey company, or appear on an MTV reality show- unless it’s one for Mothers who’ve gone mad, and I’m probably not going to get to back-pack around Europe anytime soon. So I am on a MISSION to make sure my kids not only harbor a passion, but STICK with it and follow it through!
Which is why I LOVE the idea of constructing A Dream Board as a fun way for parents to learn what’s important to their children and help them pursue their current “vision” and stir ongoing family communications. Keep reading for how to make your own DIY Dreamboard!
What materials do parents and kids need in order to put their dream board in place?
1. Poster board/oak tag
2. 4 thumbtacks
3. Elmer’s glue
4. Scotch tape
6. A photo or photos of you
9. Pens, markers
10. Shells, leaves, or something else from nature
11. Scissors: straight edge or your favorite border design
13. Few pieces of thick 8 1/2 x 11 paper and construction paper
14. Favorite rubber stamps
15. Your Ideas here
Age Appeal: Four years and older.
What kids will love about in creating and designing a dream board- and how will it help them to follow their passion- and give it a voice?
Using a scissor.
Working on something with their parents “being big girls and boys”
They’ll feel important and heard.
Parent perks: Why should parents encourage their kids- to create a dream board–and participate in creating it with their kids?
They’ll find things their children like to do that they may also enjoy. They’ll build good supportive communications skills that may last a lifetime. They are bound to learn things about their children that they did not know. AND their children will learn the same about them. Once kids are done creating their own individual dream boards a family can work on a Family Dream Board.
What are some things you’ve done to help your kids pursue their passion?