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What We Focus on Expands.
What better way to instill the idea that working towards a goal will get you closer to achieving said goal. Discipline is an important aspect of success. A vision board is a great tool to teach kids the importance of setting goals and taking steps each day to achieve those goals.
Your vision board should focus on how you want to feel
While some people believe that a vision board is meant to help you gain material things, it should invoke emotions while helping you plan for the future. As my kids and I worked on the vision board, we talked about the questions, and I learned so much about how their little minds work.
Our Vision Board Components
When creating this vision board template, I focused on our home. I focused on the life lessons we try to instill in our kids. I also focused on what may be of interest to the kids at ages 5 and 8.
1. THINGS I WANT TO TRY BEFORE MY BIRTHDAY!
What better way to mark the end of a birthday year than by doing or wishing to do something special. I love this question because it (1) gets the kids excited about the upcoming birthday (2) prompts them to set goals before their next birthday.
2. TOYS I LOVE TO PLAY WITH
Play is a big part of every child’s life. With each passing day, the “favorite” toy changes, we accumulate more and more toys but neglect to purge the least favorite toys. I love this question for 2 reasons (1) it helps both parent and child gain clarity about which toys are no longer necessary to keep, (2) It helps the parents to see the growth of the child clearly.
3. SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES I LIKE TO PLAY
This answer to this changes every other month in my household. However, as my kids get older, there appears to be more consistency in their responses to this question. As kids get older, the costs of playing sports increase. If you are a parent who wants to encourage your children to play sports, I think knowing and encouraging your kids to play the sports they like from an early stage will save you a lot of time, money, and energy.
4. WHAT I LIKE TO DO WITH MY FRIENDS
I worry so much about what happens when I am away from my kids. I worry about the types of friends my kids make. Asking this question early on opens a dialogue about friends. Parents can then talk openly and honestly about the types of friends the kids should have. As well as speak honestly about the types of activities that the kids should participate in and which stay away from.
5. WHAT I LIKE TO DO WITH MOM OR DAD
I put much effort into spending time with my kids; I plan and plot. This question serves to clarify the activities they do enjoy. Thus I plan activities aligned with their interests, especially as they grow and can communicate their interests more clearly. My daughter wrote “cuddling” on her list, so I built in more cuddle time with her; as opposed to spending time doing something else, we sit on the sofa and cuddle. Win, Win!
6. WHEN I GROW UP, I WANT TO BE
Every child is born with talents and abilities. I believe that every parent or caretaker’s responsibility is to recognize their child’s abilities and encourage the kids along those lines.
My best friend in high school knew from age 6 that she wanted to be a doctor, she never wavered from that dream, even when she faced challenges when applying to medical school, she never wavered, and her parents stuck with her, encouraging and motivating until her dream became a reality.
This question is important because the more you know about your kid’s aspirations, the better equipped you are to motivate and support them.
7. MY LOVE LANGUAGE
I believe in and use the 5 love languages methodology. Do you know your love language? How about your partner’s love language? Do you know your kids’ love language? I helped my kids answer this question by first explaining what a love language is, the ways we like to receive love.
I already knew their love languages, but to help them understand how they like to receive love, I asked them a series of questions.
8. WHAT I CAN DO TO HELP OTHERS
One of my very favorite questions. I believe that living life with the understanding that some part of your life should serve others is important. I believe that instilling such values in your kids is vital and should begin at an early age.
My daughter wrote, “pick up their trash” because we volunteer with an organization that goes into low-income neighborhoods and cleans it up. We pick up trash, we cut grass, we clear out and restore playgrounds.
Remember to encourage and applaud your little ones as they work through the list and meet their goals. Helping your kids to stay true to who they are by allowing themselves to meet goals while learning to be flexible about goals not working out as envisioned.
Thanks for exploring this topic with me