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by Sheena Robinson January 18, 2018
As a child, we often grow up wanting to achieve great things in our lives. We watch people we admire and try to follow in their footsteps. We have hopes of living a fulfilled life.
However, for many people they grow up and follow the basic pattern of life that they were told would make them successful. That is to go to school, get good grades, go to college, and go to work for someone. Very few people are taught to become their own boss.
After finishing college, many people find that they must take positions that offer less than they are worth, or it really isn’t in their field of study. As the year’s pass, they begin to lose hope for what it was they desired to become. For many people, the bills are due and everything around them is telling them they won’t be successful if they follow their dreams.
As a result, we have many adults who walk around with regrets. I often wonder what the disconnect is and then I remember my own journey. If you don’t have a great support system and a clear direction of how to accomplish what you want to become, it will be tough for you to see your dream through.
We live in a society today where you can literally become who you want to be. You don’t have to accept the status quo. I often look at how parents are raising their children today versus when I was growing up. Children today have a lot more options. We live in an informational age where within a click of a button you can Google everything and Youtube shows you how to do almost anything.
As a financial parent, it is important to be your child’s number one fan. You must be their biggest supporter and help them follow through on accomplishing their dreams. You may ask how do I do that? By using the D.R.E.A.M. System below, you will find the characteristics to instill in your children to help them along the way to achieving greatness in their life.
D – Dare to be different. You should constantly embrace who your child is and encourage them to not be ashamed of who they are. When children learn that it is okay to be different in their own household, it will help them cope with other people’s opinions of them because you already created a culture where they can successfully thrive.
R- Realize who you are. I personally feel that many parents miss this step. Do you have a family mission statement? Do you have discussions about your family history? Have you instilled family values into your children? These are all things that help children see the advantages they have as a family member as well as your expectations for each member.
E- Educate Yourself. At an early age, parents should be in tune with what professional direction their children are interested in. By doing so, you can help your children create a path in advance on how to accomplish their goals and dreams. The preparation gives your child a chance to see if they want to continue to pursue certain areas of interest before they waste 4-6 years in college doing something they don’t even like.
A- Aim High. Encourage your children to be great! Allow your child to be a part of organizations with like-minded students that will help challenge them to reach a higher level. You should also speak affirmations over your children to help them continuously build their mindset. When teaching children how to aim high, you should have a conversation about how to handle obstacles. As students are prepared for adversity, they will learn how to bounce back faster.
M- Move like Water. Each day for your child should be one step closer to their goals being reached. Nothing in life worth having is easy, but when you have a vision of what you want, it is important to stay on the right track. Despite obstacles, they must continue to move forward.
When you help your child become grounded and take on characteristics of the D.R.E.A.M system, they are more likely to get the things done in their life that they desire. Martin Luther King Jr. is still considered to be one of the biggest dreamers I know. His compelling “I Have a Dream” speech is a great example of how much influence you can have in the lives of others if you decide to follow through on your dreams. As a financial parent, you can help your children join the next generation of leaders and take a great interest in changing their future.
Sheena Robinson, The Financial Parent Consultant, is a certified financial educator, certified life coach, entrepreneur, empowerment speaker and author of Financial Parenthood: The Keys to Raising a Rich Kid. She is the founder of Diva 4 Wealth LLC, an organization dedicated to helping women become more financially savvy. She is also the founder of Financial Parent Academy, a 501(c)3 organization committed to helping parents and children with financial success. To contact Sheena, you may email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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