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Money Lesson 2 Parents Should Teach Kids

by Team Sammy

Take Aim and Dream Big. They are Great Habits

Aim High. Big Dreams Help Kids Do That. Lesson 2

Parents, encourage your kids to take aim, reach for the stars and go for it.

It is simple, if you have an aim, you can achieve things. Things you "want" to achieve. Things that are important to you. If you find the right dream(s) and aim, you can shape, influence, and guide behavior.

Without an aim, you are aimless.

3 Big Benefits Smart Dreams Give Kids

Dreaming big and aiming high are great habits, especially if they are supplemented with clear goals, written plans, and action on those plans. Toss in some measurements to evaluate progress and you have what Sammy Rabbit refers to as "smart dreaming!"

One, "smart dreams," the right dreams, drive our desire. They provide us with purpose. They inspire us to action. They get us to work. They get us to invest effort and energy. They get us to sacrifice.

Two, smart dreams not only earn our interest, they give us the opportunity to build and grow our skills and competency. They call on us to do our best. They help us to discover who we can become and what we are capable of accomplishing. They develop our grit, resiliency, and confidence to build on success as well as how to learn and rebound from failure.

Three, smart dreams help us find "extra" within ourselves to conquer difficult challenges. Extra focus. Extra discipline. Extra determination. They provide us the strength to make difficult choices, like saving money, delaying gratification, and prioritizing our spending on what we truly value. They help us make better choices with not only our money, but our time as well.

Capitalize on Smart Dreams

Parents these are "telltale" signs kids and all of us have discovered a dream that is right for us. We are willing to do "the do" to make our dream(s) come true.

When you see your kids taking consistent and sustained actions in a topic and toward achieving a dream you are really on to something. Capitalize on it. Make note of it. Celebrate it. Encourage it. Incent it. Help your kids grow into the behaviors and habits that will blossom them and manifest it.

If you do, you will be giving your child more meaning in their life. And, you very well may be helping them discover their life's purpose.

Everyone seems to excel and do better in all respects when they pursue areas they have have a genuine interest in.

5 Sammyriffic Quotes on Dreaming Big

Here are five outstanding quotes that reflect the power of dreaming big.

(1) "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."

–Les Brown

(2) “The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it.”

–Kalpana Chawla

(3) "The great danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."


(4) "Dream the biggest dream for yourself. Hold the highest vision of life for yourself. The great courageous act that we must all do, is to have the courage to step out of our history and past so that we can live our dreams."


(5) "Dream big. Do big, one step at a time. It's a great habit!"

–Sammy Rabbit

5 Easy and Fun Steps to Teach Your Kids to Dream Big

Have kids:

  • Listen to the song Big Ol' Dream. Then, have them complete the activities associated with the song.

  • If they have not already, have kids read the story Sammy's Big Dream. Or have them re-read it.

  • Have your child start their own Sammy Rabbit Dream Big Journal.

  • Follow up the song, story and activities with a discussion

  • Make a deposit with your child or children into a piggy bank, savings jar or into a savings account at the financial institution of your choice.

Sammy Rabbit says: "You can do it. Now, get to it!"

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