My two kiddos who are homeschooled are graduating this year. So I came up with what I call a Brilliant Idea – a senior project. Each project is tailored to each child and taps into their passions, their strengths, and some areas they need to work on.
The first step for each of them is to create a vision board. They will have to look out a little ways, not just what is right in front of them. Where do they want to go? What are their goals?
And of course, it got me thinking about us parents on this journey…
When I was in the trenches years ago, most days I didn’t look too far out into the future. I was just surviving and that meant going day by day, and sometimes minute by minute. When I did look to the future, it often worried more. What if my daughter didn’t attach? What if her tantrums and meltdowns and all those push back behaviors didn’t improve? Would we still be dealing with that every single day, even years down the road. It became easier to not look forward. And the reality is, I was too tired and too busy putting out fires to give the future a whole lot of thought.
But that wasn’t really helping me get to where I wanted my family to be. So I shifted.
I started looking out ahead. How did I want my family to be? What were my goals for myself, for my family, for my kiddos? It was time to start having a vision. Goals. A brighter future.
And here’s the deal…once I was clear of where we were headed and the goals I had for my family, it gave me the motivation to figure out how to get us there. It helped me get unstuck. And we all know that if Mom is stuck, we’re really not going anywhere.
I encourage you to look out ahead. Imagine how you want your family life to look. Picture your kiddos where you hope they will be rather than where you worry they will be. Write down your goals – for you as a parent, for your family. Have a destination of where you are headed. Make a vision board.
And once you have a vision of where you are going, then you can work on getting there. The future IS bright. It may not be how you originally thought it would be when you first started on this journey, but I assure you, there is hope.
So focus on your goals, your dreams, your hopes and then do whatever you can to get you and your family there.
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