All parents have dreams for their children. And those dreams can motivate children to succeed. But sometimes, those dreams can turn into pressure.
How to keep a good balance? Try to:
- Link your dreams to our child’s interests and strengths. If he loves legos and math, he may be an engineer one day. If he loves dancing and singing, maybe acting is for him.
- Listen to words and actions. If he starts trying to avoid practice, ask him whether he still likes the game. Sometimes, all it takes is for a parent to step back a little and let the child own the dream.
- Help your child feel successful in your eyes. He may not get the starring role in the play. But you’ll love him even if he’s singing in the back row of the chorus.