Welcome! to a place that talks about the real life of Country Music artists! Today I want to talk about encouraging young musicians who can become our future stars.
3 ways to encourage the dream
- acknowledge the value of a dream
- enable as many opportunities as you can for your young person to be exposed to the world of their dream
- Leave room for growth and change
First, a short Eli story. Eli fell in love with Country Music before he entered kindergarten. He was also into trucks, construction, bull-riding at rodeos and shopping for boots at the B&B Western clothing store. Everything stayed with him into adulthood- except bull-riding. Music took the center stage!
Eli at 2 yrs. old on his bull dozer.
- Acknowledge the dream– Kids are interested in so many areas at once. It’s part of learning about the world. But certain interests pop up and bring a sparkle to their eyes. That sparkle is very important. It’s a clue to a heart’s desire. Your child hungers to learn more.
- Encourage! Enjoy your child talking about his/her interest. Let him bring it up and share his thoughts freely. At this point they don’t need to know if it’s practical, has benefits, a good retirement plan, or how big the student loan will be. Let the dream be fun!
- Dreams have value. The ability to envision something great comes from simple encouragements. It’s where all the good things we enjoy start.
- Treat it sincerely but lightly. Life is lots of things! Lots of interests will come and go- but the heart ones will stay. Eli didn’t become a bull rider- but he loves songs about them and the country life. He saw the tough challenge bull riders face and chose to become a Marine and challenge himself to face challenges too.
(Eli-age 5 at rodeo seeing a dream)
Enable opportunities to explore the dream-
- Go to places where your child can see the dream he has in action. We took Eli to Country Music concerts to see his favorite stars, when we could and in appropriate venues. We’re blessed to have some fairs and an amphitheater near by that are family friendly concert venues.
- Get age appropriate classes for him. There are classes for nearly every interest!
- Get him a quality instrument. It has to be good enough to play well at his level- Eli has constantly traded up guitars as he’s mastered his skills. But he’s never giving away that first guitar from his grandparents!
Leave room for change!
- Some kids like to load up activities and interests, like the carnival plate spinners. They want to try everything all at once! It’s ok! Activities that don’t give them heart satisfaction will drop off. Interests will come and go – don’t despair that the dream will get lost.
- Some kids do things in cycles- he pours his heart and mind into an interest. Then just when you think that he’s absolutely dedicated -he jumps into something else! He’s just adding a new aspect to his dream.
- Exposure to the Arts is always a good thing. A song writer who travels has much more to write about. – a singer who plays sports learns lessons in winning and losing. ( I won’t mention the songs about Mama in jail, the dog dying, the truck wrecked by a wild woman, etc..)
- Once in a while a person takes the slow and steady way of falling in love with a dream; gaining knowledge and skills along the way and creating their dream. If you have one of these dreamers, gently be there to help with the ups and downs that come with the journey.
Dr. James Dobson ( Focus on the Family) once had a program on what happened to the things we wanted to do when we were children. He noted that most people who have a chance to make a second career choice will go to the thing they loved the most when they were kids. Interesting, isn’t it?
What do you think? Please let me know how you encourage your your child’s dream. Or, how you were encouraged to follow yours?