Like they say..."Our children are our future." Knowing this, I make a point daily to ask my girls what they want to be when they grow up. Even though they are young and their responses change daily depending on their mood, a new character or toy they may be into, they are always able to give me a response. Right now, Savannah wants to be ballerina, drive a truck like Chuck the truck and from her talking about how she loves to shop, I think she would even love to be a personal shopper for people. :-) While Bella on the other hand, loves to help me in the kitchen and loves sampling food, so she wants to be either a baker or cook. And, because monkey see, monkey do, she is also into dancing and spinning around the room, she she repeats Savannah's response in wanting to be a dancer. Maybe one day they will become these, but for right now, I love letting them experience new things, playing pretend and just being a kid, as this doesn't last long...and, we all know how hard it is to an adult with all the responsibilities that come with it.
I know that I am not the only parent who cherishes listening to their children tell them what they want to be when they grow. Kids imaginations are priceless and the sky is the limit on their future ambitions. I hope my girls hold onto the power of imagination for a long time because once you stop dreaming (even as adults) you stop trying to accomplish things or work at being something or someone you really want to be. We don't want our kids to settle...nor should we. We teach them by example...but, sometimes our kids are there to remind us to also imagine and dream big! :-)
The other day, I watched a video from Konica Minolta, titled Dream Printer, where kids were asked to write down their dreams (again skies the limit). Konica Minolta, an industry leader in Business Technologies, including Production Printing, is celebrating extending our children’s imaginations and encouraging them to dream big with their new initiative, "Giving Shape to Ideas." As such, Konica Minolta created a "Dream Printer" video capturing the essence of a child's imagination by having them share their dream job.
It was so refreshing to see the kids smiling and getting excited about thinking about their future career choices and seeing cool caricatures print out right before their eyes, based on their responses. I know my girls would have loved to but their future dreams in writing and receive a dream print out to hold onto.
You have to watch this video. There was not really a dream printer, but instead a person inside who could see the children, and draw caricatures of them and work their dream jobs into the drawings they make for the kids. And, here are just a few of the kids showing off their aspiring dreams and big smiles --
You can see all the other children who participated in the "Dream Printer" event in NYC, by visiting the Dream Printer, Dream Gallery here: http://bit.ly/18J7NtW.
"The more you imagine, the more you dream" was the tagline and I have to agree with this. Please let kids be kids and dream big. And, support them and their imagination, so that they grow up knowing that they can be whatever they want to be if they put their mind, heart and soul into it. The kids in the video will warm your heart and put a smile on your face, as you see them get excited about their dreams for the future. Truly a breath of fresh air, and I can't wait to see what these and my girls become -- veterinarians, doctors, cooks, lawyers, even princess ballerinas -- if you dream it...you can become it!
Please share the above Dream Printer video with family and friends, as a reminder to embrace the imagination of our children, and remind us adults that we can still dream too. :-)
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Disclosure: I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting (#MC) on behalf of Konica Minolta. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating