Friday, March 23, 2012

How Chasing After Dreams Builds Your Child's Self-Esteem

Yesterday was my book bomb for Caller ID. I want to thank everyone who helped make this event a huge success--Mom especially and the rest of my family!
My book started out the day ranked around 33,000 out of all books on Amazon and ended the day here,
*10:30pm Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,092 in Books!

I set lofty goals for this book bomb. I wanted to be in the top 100 books (An Amazon Bestseller) and I didn't quite make that, but when you figure in how many copies every other book in the top one or two-thousand was selling, I am pleased.

Yesterday morning I shared my goals with my kids at the breakfast table. I explained to them about how there are nearly 8 million books on Amazon and what I wanted to achieve with other's help. My eight year old asked me, 
"Mom, if you don't make it will you cry?"
I smiled and said, "No. It's going to be great and tonight we'll have a party."

Later, when I was busy updating my blog, FB, Twitter, and following up with reward emails, I thought more about what she had asked. My daughter got that this was something important to me. She'd seen me working on preparations for this all week, and she grasped that the goal was a dream of mine. And my answer, and later, my reaction to the day's results gave her permission to chase after her dreams.

Becoming a published author is not easy. Writing your first or your tenth book is not easy. My family has been there every step of the way and I've shared with them my disappointments as well as my triumphs.

When that same daughter was four, I remember asking her for a hug when I faced a big disappointment and a year later cheering with her as I discovered a pathway to achieving my dream.
I realized that every time I've put blood, sweat, and tears into my dream--I've given my children permission to do likewise. And that makes it all worth it because I want my kids to know that anything is possible if they put their minds to it.

So, I'm going to keep working at my goals, keep reaching for my dreams, and getting big hugs from my kids along the way.

How about you? Have you given a child courage to chase their dreams because of your own reactions to failures and successes?


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