This post is prompted by an 11 -year old Detroit business owner named Amiya Alexander. While taking dance lessons, she observed that some of her friends were unable to. Their parents couldn't afford the classes and/or were unable to get to the classes. After bringing this to her mother's attention, she drafted a design of a vehicle and a plan that would allow her friends and others to enjoy convenient, affordable lessons. Amiyah had a dream and a goal. (They are different, you know). Amiya's story below:
I am encouraging all parents to set goals for themselves so their children can witness goal-setting first hand. Take this process a step further and have a dream/goal-setting session with your child(ren). On the way to school this morning, I shared with Princess Zaria that I was going to begin taking classes again in the winter to pursue my goal of higher education. We had a long talk about college(or as long as the ride to school was). She asked why I wanted to go back to college, what classes I needed to take and why I hadn't finished yet? This was the beginning of the dialogue for a teachable moment. After the conversation, I looked to my right and noticed that Zaria was in deep reflection. LOL. Imagine that!
So I asked, "Zaria, what are you thinking about?"
Zaria: Can you take two main classes in college?
Me: Yes, that is called a double major or a dual major.
Zaria: What about three?
Me: I had a friend who thought about a triple major.
Zaria: That's what I'm going to do. I'm going to major in Art, Drama and Dance.
Me: That's called a triple threat, Zaria, and I'm going to help you make that happen.
What are you imparting in your child's life? Are you helping them to set goals and realize their dreams?