Parenting Is A Gift: Helping Your Child To Live Their Dreams

Parenting Is A Gift: Helping Your Child To Live Their Dreams

Donovan Grant

If you are alive and reading this, then there is a big dream in your heart.

Do you travel to the office by public transport? We don’t have the best transport system in the world, but you can guarantee that something interesting always happens. In fact a couple of weeks ago I had a trip that was truly magical.

The thing is that on any other Monday morning everyone in the carriage would be heads down. Some would be reading a book or the newspaper, some sleeping and others reminiscing about the weekend just gone by.

This day was different! If you were on the Bakerloo underground train between Charing Cross and Paddington, you would have been entertained by a magician doing card tricks. Not a big deal really…but highly engaging. Without the cards he was just a regular young guy going about his business… yet with the deck of cards he was like a genius.

He shuffled the cards backwards, forwards, tossed them, cut them and flicked a few and caught them mid-air just for good measure. He did drop the odd one or two, so he was definitely human. The thought crossed my mind “this was not a kid who just got a magic set for his birthday and was showing off his new tricks.” This was a 20 something young lad who was having fun doing something that he loves.

What’s it like for You when you are doing something that you really enjoy?

It was hard to tell what this young man did for a living; he may have been a professional card dealer for all we know. One thing for sure is that he was passionate about it and he didn’t care who was watching or what others thought about it. This guy had put in a lot of hours practice to get this good.

He sure made me reflect about how much enjoyment I get from my career. Something hit me just after I got off the train and was making the journey up the escalator. A distant memory from when I was a lad of 7 or 8 years old came to me as a question…

“Who do you want to be when you grow up?”

When our Aunty Lola came to visit she’d often ask us kids that question and we had to give her an answer: “I want to be a magician!” This was my dream. Being a magician and entertaining others became my hobby for several years. My little brother and I must have borrowed every book from the local library. Every day there was entertainment of some magical kind at our house. We put a lot of effort in and It was fun!!

Unfortunately a career as a professional magician did not come to pass. The magicians cloak and wand were retired a while back and my magic moments have come in the IT and the coaching industries. When you see a client transform their lives positively in some way, it is a truly magical and humbling experience for me as much as is for them. I feel truly blessed!

Do you know what your child’s dream is?

Are you helping them to move closer to their dream?

What stories do you share with them about putting in the effort?

My friend, can I share my personal thought from my heart to yours. Our dreams for our children and ourselves are precious jewels. So unless we take steps towards the dream, nurture it and live it, then the dream will be no more than a wish. It takes work to fulfil a dream! If we don’t do the work, the dream will simply be a constant and painful reminder of an unfinished act. Let’s use our dreams as a tool to lead and inspire our children to grow and become more than they currently are.

We can all make excuses why it didn’t work for us… but, let’s teach our children how it will work for them. Many of the young people we meet through our work in the community are just like this magician on the train. They have natural talent, they have unique skills and they have the ability to really excel at doing what they love. The sad thing is that too many youngsters lose sight of their dreams at an early age.

One of the best things we can do for our children is to take regular time out and talk to them about one of their dreams. When we help them to find ways to bring the dream into reality, we are developing the child in so many ways.

Let’s all help a child and nurture their wholesome passions. They deserve the very best. 

We believe in you and it’s a pleasure to serve and be a help for parents and children every day.

Donovan Grant is a coach, mentor, blogger, speaker and IT professional who brings his wisdom of parenting for the last 21 years and coaching clients through the stages of raising youth and empowering leaders with life lessons that are changing generations.  He is a passionate and committed leader who believes that we all have the ability to help to change someone else’s life. Actively doing so as a catalyst for many years he teaches how to live a life of success, balance, integrity and fun, whether at work or at play.





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  • Interesting post! I’m glad I’m not a plane stewardess – this is what I wanted to be. However it is great to follow the dream, also I love the way we adjust our dreams whilst moving forwards in life…

  • My dad used to call me Lola… anyway, it is very important to talk to our kids about what is going on on the inside of them. We can help them in so many ways to get thigs rolling for them and they get so motivated to their very best. Instead of being a hinderness to them…

  • Anonymous

    The best gift we can give to our children is to guide and encourage them to experience all they can in life to uncover their passion and their dreams…all else will fall into place. Great article!

  • james samy

    Thank you Donovan for this great post. Helping my child to achieve his/her dreams is wonderful.

  • AJ

    Great one Donovan!

  • Great article Donovan! I agree with Denny – the best gift we can give to our children is to guide and encourage them
    to experience all they can in life to uncover their passion and their
    dreams. Thanks for sharing.

  • Monday morning..heads down…Friday evening…heads up…
    I agree with you about talking to our children about their dreams. If I may add…our dreams and struggles as well. GREAT post!

  • Wil

    Donovan, I often found that bedtime, storytime was a great time for voicing dreams of the future for my kids. Then we can help them find a way to make those dreams practical.

  • That’s great Solvita – gotta keep moving forward.

  • Thanks Olga, you’re so right about the inside minds of our kids.

  • Cheers Denny!!

  • Thanks James!!

  • Cheers AJ.

  • Yes you go it and the best thing is that the gift is free!!

  • Yes, us parents have to keep working on our dreams too!! Thanks for the reminder.