Vision boards for children are more important today then ever before. Children are bombarded with negativity and are needing to make serious choices at a much younger age.
Feeding your children’s minds with healthy positive images and statements will do more for them in the long run, than enrolling them in extra math classes on the weekend.
With vision boards, they can learn how to be positive about themselves, mind and body. As well, they can learn to contribute to others and get joy from helping others.
Spending time creating a vision board with your child will also be very rewarding for you. It’s a chance to see how your child views their world at the moment and help them make adjustments to serve them better.
Bristol board is great for vision boards and in the case of your child, you may want to connect more than one, to give them ample room to work on building their vision for the days to come. You could even get an extra-large piece of brown parcel paper and make a five foot long vision board that will adorn one wall of their bedroom.
Spend some time with your child getting the supplies together. Crayons, colored pencils, images from magazines or children’s books for starters. Since this is a children’s board, you may even want to gather some ribbons to really color up the boarders and make the vision board pop.
After all the supplies are gathered, it’s time for a little party. Gather up some favorite snacks and then sit down with the child and talk about what the purpose of the board is. Explain that it is a way to express love. Ask them questions about who do they love? Family, friends, pets and even people they don’t know but have a positive feeling about. They can choose pictures of those they express love about.
Next talk about what they love to do and what they would like to do over the next three, six and twelve months. What excites them? Ask if they have any dreams of becoming a vet or growing up to be an artist? Talk about what your child is passionate about.
When you have all the elements you need, then start putting the board together. Let your child do most of the creating. This is a coaching opportunity for you.
Ask them, “Why did you put that picture there? How does this picture make you feel? What colors would you like to write in beside that picture? When you choose that color, how does it make you feel?”
The vision board for kids, is also a great place for them to learn how to create goals for themselves. Teach them how to set goals that are appropriate for their age and also to put time for reaching the goal as well as, the proper rewards for setting and meeting goals.
Make the goals specific. For example if the child usually gets a C in reading, then have them set a goal of reading time to improve, and what grade they want to achieve next.
As with adults, the child should track their progress, so going to the store and picking up some stickers that are visually appealing to your child is a good idea.