Every child has their own potential and is set to different paths towards success. The best thing that every parent could do is be their guiding star and top supporter. While you want the best for them, it might not be the best idea to impose upon them your dream for them (that’s just unfair!). So, what should you do? Here are a few suggestions that might work for you.
Encouragement is key
A rule of thumb never squashes their dreams. If your child shows excitement about something, showing that you are also interested in knowing more about it. Try asking what draw them in or what they plan on doing about this. Sometimes, listening to them is enough to show encouragement.
It might also be good to be present in their activities not only for motivation, but to guide them to better their craft. And don’t forget to tell your rising star that they can do it or that you believe in them.
Show unconditional love
The things they do may not always be the dreams you want for them. They may even change what they’re passionate about as they grow. Your duty is to love them unconditionally through their strengths and flaws and most especially through the challenging decisions they make.
Your love can boost their confidence and encourage them to come out from their shells. It is because they know that by the end of the day, they have you for support.
Sometimes, we parents think that tinkering is a waste of time. But it is in these moments of their childhood that they may also find the things they would be passionate about. It is one way of allowing them to explore many things and so as not suppress any interest that they may have.
Allow your child to play, get dirty, make friends and most importantly allow them to make decisions for themselves. All these, of course, should be with your guidance and leadership.
Give educational opportunities
Passion comes from your child. However, nurturing it comes from your learning about it and encouraging them to pursue it. When your child shows interest in certain endeavors, create a means for them to get proper instruction like maybe enrolling them in a class or introducing them to people who also love the same thing.
So long as what they do is from the goodness of their hearts, we must remember that passion does not equal a spot in an Ivy-league school or the gateway to building a million-dollar bank.