Well, okay…. you’ve got me. Your kids want toys, lots & lots of toys! But, let’s dig a little deeper here…. and no, I don’t mean into your pockets. Let’s dig a little deeper and find out what your child really wants.
Aside from all of the toys and games, there are things that your child wants that wont come wrapped with a bow. Perhaps, your child wants to run faster or have more friends. Maybe, he/she would like to be better at sports. Whatever it is that your child wishes to change about himself/herself, it’s good for you as a parent to know and good for your child to acknowledge.
1. Talk about it
First talk with your child/children about how there are things that we wish for that are material things and then there are those things we wish for that are more personal. Those things we wish we could do better, or even learn how to do. Talk to your child about your own desires to improve at or learn certain things and give examples.
2. Write it out
Start by having your child/children write two little words on a piece of paper:
Then, just allow them time to keep thinking and writing. When your child is finished have him/her bring it to you. After you read it be sure to…
3. Hold on to this paper
We’re not done with it yet! Put this paper someplace where you wont forget it.
4. With a new year comes new years resolutions
Take this wish list back out for the new year and go over it with your child.
5. Make a plan of action
To help your child improve in the areas that he/she feels are important, develop a plan of action. Make a list of things your child/children can do that will bring them closer to their goals.
But wait, there’s more…
You don’t get off that easy! To get even more out of this experience I encourage you to do this for yourself, along with your children. This way you can all help each other by brainstorming ideas about how you can make your wishes become your realities. Also, by you participating in this activity with your child/children you are teaching them that even adults aspire to improve themselves. The learning curve never stops.
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