I’m not the biggest believer in retirement, at least not the kind that solely involves resting and recreation. After a while, even traveling will run its course. An ancient proverb declares that “where there is no vision, the people perish.” We all need a sense of direction, or an inspired road map, to help us achieve the very best. It’s no wonder that many retirees pass away soon after they stop working. Human beings need something to strive toward—a purpose or vision for what life should look like.
We love our children and we want the best for them, but without hopes and dreams for your child, he or she may get stuck. Kids need a sense of direction and as their dad, you have an opportunity to help them start dreaming. Here are 5 hopes and dreams for your child that every father should have.
1. Grow up to be a person with integrity.
Wishing won’t cut it here. This is the time to be making plans and following through. Fortunately, the game plan starts with you. Believe it or not, you are your child’s number one role model. So take care of business; be an unrelenting example of truth, kindness, and what is right. Don’t just walk that old lady across the road; mow her yard and take your kids with you to pull weeds. When your kids see Dad shine with selflessness and generous love, you’re more than halfway there.
2. Realize your potential.
We all want our kids to be happy. Contentment is tied closely to realizing our potential. Don’t allow compromise to get a foothold. Encourage them to do their best. Demonstrate how cool it is to love at capacity, to work at capacity, to have fun at capacity, and to serve others at capacity.
3. Have a strong family.Strong families are the key structural component of a healthy society.
By dreaming of a family for their children, dads also value their own families and recommit to them. Strong families are the key structural component of a healthy society. It’s critical that we not only value our own families but also prepare our children to have strong families too. Train your child to be faithful, loving, kind, generous, and committed by modeling it.
4. Have deep faith.
We want our kids to do well, to be the best that they can be, and to find meaning in all they do. For me, this means I dream for my kids to have a strong faith. I believe finding faith is crucial to the future well-being of my children. The best place to begin this journey with kids is in the home. If finding faith is a dream you have for your children, it starts there.
5. Fulfill a purpose.
We know only too well how important it is to work in an occupation that’s fulfilling. Dream big for your child, and make sure your child is well-equipped with academics, social skills, and a strong work ethic. But don’t confuse remuneration with reward. It’s important that you help your child dream this one right.
Sound off: What hopes and dreams for your child do you have?
Huddle up with your kids and ask, “What is a dream you have for your life?”