Principle 5 – 10 Principles for Spiritual Parenting by Mimi Doe
I really liked this chapter. It really goes into how important it is that we support our children’s dreams. As long as we accept, support and encourage their dreams they will eventually believe in the possibility of achieving them and will shine at whatever they choose to do.
“Dreams and hopes are the doorways to discovering our soul’s purpose, our reason for being alive on the earth. It is our privilege as spiritual parents to help our children uncover their purpose within a spiritual context – to understand their power as part of a divine energy.”
“When we nourish our children’s dreams we help strengthen their courage to stay true to who they really are – we allow them to weave their spirits into everything they do.”
With Lila only being 2 it’s pretty safe to say she’s not sure of what her dreams are yet, but she is definitely at the age where she is exploring the activities she does and does not like to do. I can only support and encourage those activities she chooses to like, and of course, introduce her to new ones.
A few of her activities that have stuck around a while have been playing anything outdoors, soccer (papa wouldn’t mind her being the next Mia Hamm), dancing, coloring and other art projects, reading, and make-believe play with her animals (not baby dolls). In the last couple weeks she has also acquired a make-believe friend, a baby ghost. The baby ghost does not have a name, just goes by “baby ghost,” and wears a yellow dress.
Recent activities that have been introduced to her have been playing dress up (see below pic), gardening and puddle walking. We had a warm rainy day that we took full advantage of and she was able to go walking in her rain-boots and rain coat. When it thundered she told me to stop and listen!
“Children begin all hopes and dreams through their imaginations. Encourage imagination by supporting and facilitating your child’s play.” – 10 Principles for Spiritual Parenting by Mimi Doe
Now I’m not sure any of these current activities are going to lead her to her future hopes and dreams for herself, but they are what makes her happy now. If they all change tomorrow she can have the comfort of knowing that I will allow those changes and encourage whatever may come next.