Creating a Vision Board with Your Kids

June 10, 2010 by  
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Kids are from Krypton; Parents are from Pluto radio series update: June 10, 2010: What to do when you hear: “Mom, there’s nothing to do.” School is out—and for the last couple of weeks, we have been focusing on ways to spend time with your kids; last week we discussed lots of fun activities to do—on the cheap. But even all the fun things you mentioned, like going to the zoo, baking cookies, camping out in the living room….after a while, kids will start complaining they’re bored. Or, there’s nothing to do. Then what do you do? You help your kids envision their dreams and help make them a reality with Dream Boards. Dream Boards, or vision boards have been featured on TV shows such as Oprah, Ellen and Larry King Live. What they do is make your ideas into visual images and then send these images to your brain of what you want to create as your reality. You see, the brain doesn’t know the difference between reality and thought. What your kids imagine in their future will help you identify specifically what they want to achieve or become or acquire, and then their dream board will help lead them in that direction. And don’t forget to make one of your own…and a family dream board, too.

Vision boards with your kids

Here’s what you do:

  • Think of the things you would like to have, accomplish or become.
  • Get a piece of poster board and then start going through magazines.
  • Have your kids find pictures of the things they would like to see happen in their life. Or your in yours! It could be a picture of a child graduating, a slimmer body, a trip, a new house, whatever your heart desires.
  • Want money? Put it on your board.
  • Want a sports car? Put it on your board. This is a popular one for teens!

Then, put it where you see it everyday. This helps program your mind into believing the images it is seeing. Now, although pictures are worth a thousand words, of course they are not enough. You need to do some work to make those pictures a reality. But what the Dream Board does is plant the seeds of belief into your brain. Remember, if you believe it, you can achieve it. Children put all kinds of things on their Dream Boards. Some have a paper with an A+ at the top, some have a pet, a new bike, etc. Some have a family that looks happy, And others have musicians playing drums and guitars.

It doesn’t matter what’s on the board.

It just matters that they have dreams, and that they are programming their minds to see it, believe it… Achieve it. So…Help your kids create Dream Boards of their own.

Top 5 Tips of the Week:

1. Encourage your kids to hold onto their dreams

2. Create dream boards to help your kids turn their dreams into reality

3. Make a family dream board; everyone helps to create a family vision

4. Use affirmations to reinforce positive beliefs

5. Show your kids you love them…through your words and your actions

Enjoy Your Kids!

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4 Responses to “Creating a Vision Board with Your Kids”
  1. I love the vision board idea! I talked to Resa S. Brown, author of The Call To Brilliance, about this topic after her recent lecture. She mentioned that writing while using “I” statements can help children find their inner brilliance, or true gifts. I asked her what she thought about encouraging children to use visual communications (creating vision boards or custom videos) as an alternative to writing, and we shared a few concerns. Writing can be a very private way of expressing and envisioning oneself, while posting images is more public, therefore children may begin to market themselves rather than explore and express their true vision. Parents may want to be mindful of what magazines they have laying around the house, because stereotypes commonly represented in magazines can shift children’s preferences and self image. These are great topics to discuss while making a vision board (or video) with older kids. Mixing in words, phrases, drawings, and original photographs may help keep it genuine. The act of creating original content seems to be consistently good for kids! 🙂 Thank you for the inspiration! Beth Karnes

  2. Dr. Vicki Panaccione says:

    While I agree with what you offer as the benefits of writing, there are limitations, as well. Many children view writing as “work” and may actually be less inclined to “dream” if it means having to write them down. Additionally, visual images are very powerful training tools for the brain. So, I think that using visual images, either from magazines or hand-drawn are very important to use in creating dream boards. This isn’t an either/or situation, by any means. If kids are going to write their dreams, I would encourage them to read over them often, again to train the brain into believing certain things are possible…even probable. And whether kids express their dreams by writing in journals or via dream boards, I think they should be entitled to keep them as private as they may desire. Just because they are posting images, does not mean they have to be for the world to see. As long as they are getting visual glimpses on a regular basis, that’s all that’s really important. I totally agree that no one—child or adult—should be held back in what they put on their boards because of the possibility of being seen by others. There are many adults who have very private dreams and desires regarding intimacy, for example, who may wish to keep these images from on-lookers. Yet, if those images are important —by all means, include them and make that dream board for “your eyes only!”

  3. I wrote about dreamboard recently and did the exercise in a playful manner with my three year old daughter. She liked doing what I did so I got her involved. We wrote our goals in mini white boards. I wrote for her. 🙂 I like the idea of photo collage as board. Would be more kid appropriate.

  4. Dr. Vicki Panaccione says:

    There are many ways to create dream boards. I agree that, particularly for kids, using visual images are best. Thank you for writing in. Enjoy your kids!