As a mom, I want to see my kids’ dreams go farther than mine-and mine are pretty big! But then, so are theirs. Doctors, astronauts, actors, farmers, engineers. What the boys want to do changes on any given day, and that’s okay. It’s their job to figure out what kind of people they’re going to be. As a parent, my job is to remove as many obstacles as possible so that when they do figure it out, it’s full speed ahead!
Of course, making that decision is the easy part. Figuring out how to do it is a little bit harder! Some of it they’re going to have to do on their own. As a parent, I can make it a little bit easier if I:
Create an environment they can grow in. This is the big one. It doesn’t matter if I agree or disagree, think it’s the best idea since sliced bread or wait for it to all come crashing down on their heads. Life’s going to do enough to try and crush their dreams. As a parent, my job is to give them the love and encouragement they need to dream anyway.

Save for college. With tuition costs rising, there are a lot of kids who are putting their dreams on hold or setting them aside completely because they just can’t afford it. The average 2015 medical school graduate has over $185,000 in student loans, driving a shortage of physicians and encouraging kids who might do amazing things to look somewhere else! Savings accounts, stocks, bonds and 529 plans go a long way toward tearing those borders down.

Encourage new experiences. I don’t know about you, but there are days I can’t believe how boring I am. An inevitable part of adulting seems to be doing the same thing over and over again. We call it routine, and some days it works. But if our kids never get to see new things or do things they’ve never done before, they’re never going to learn to be the kind of people that enjoy taking chances. I have to step out of my comfort zone to make sure they know how to do the same.

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