A child’s life is filled with little things. Little clothes, little problems, little ideas. But someday those will be big problems and BIG ideas. He wants to make a cave out of dirt or she thinks it would be pretty to stack her books like towers. It sounds unimportant, but if you are tuned in to your child’s heart, you will occasionally feel the connection of childish ideas with grown up possibilities.
All of childhood is a link to the future. A passage into adulthood. And these little things are the stepping stones to greatness. Pay attention. Watch. Be amazed.
Give him opportunities to explore his ideas. Let him fail. Cheer him to success. He wants to take apart the DVD player to see what’s inside? Get him one at Goodwill along with a screwdriver. While he’s doing it, ask him what he likes about it. The small things.
When she wants to redecorate her room, give her ideas a try. If her favorite thing is reading, be sure to say to her occasionally, “You’ve been so helpful today. How about if I set the timer for one hour and you go outside and read. Go ahead. I’ll let you know when the timer goes off.”
Make sure they know that you care about the little things in their life. It will make a huge difference in who they become.
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