We have a phrase floating around our house that we ask our kids: “What are you going to do to change the world?”
And we mean it.
We want our kids to dream big dreams with us. We want our home to be a place of imagining, creating and exploring. If dreams are where all plans begin, then dreaming is the impetus of great innovators and leaders.
And wouldn’t you agree the world needs more innovators and leaders? People who fearlessly and passionately pursue a goal to improve or better a situation? Isn’t that the real goal of our parenting?
I am by no means an expert in this subject, but here are some general principles we try to maintain with our kids:
- Encourage questions and exploratory learning
- Expose them to others who changed (or who are currently changing) the world
- Slowly, and as age dictates, introduce them to the problems of our age
- Build in them a strong moral foundation and a desire to do the right thing
- Be their champion in all things and at all times
- Love them, regardless of their imperfections
- Challenge them to do hard things
- Believe in their dreams and help them pursue their passions
- Model leadership and be world-changers ourselves (even if it’s only changing the world within our four walls)
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These are the commitments my husband and I have made to our kids. How about you? How do you encourage your kids to change the world? Let’s share some ideas for how to practically make these happen.