How to Teach Kids to Dream in 3 Steps

A new research-supported approach teaches kids to use their strengths to dream.

Wow! What another big honor. We got a story in the preeminent blog for psychologists. This article gives a great breakdown of the dream process and all the concepts are highlighted, so you can really dig deep. You also learn more about our philosophy that drove the creation of the book. Yay! Below is an excerpt.

Have you seen these memes?

  • Dream big!
  • If you can dream it, you can do it!
  • It’s never too late to live the life of your dreams!

Of course! There are thousands and thousands of these memes out there. But they do go beyond just fad and fashion.

Advice about the importance of having dreams and setting goals goes back thousands of years. One of our favorite philosophers, Lao Tzu, said: “Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear, and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions, and you will cultivate success.” Indeed, we’d argue that dreaming is an inherent character trait of being human.

What is a Dream? 

The best definition we have found comes from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” when the magician Prospero says, “We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep.” This is a powerhouse statement near the end of Shakespeare’s career and is considered a commentary on both the theater and life. So, a dream, according to Shakespeare, is made of, or built on the dreamer. And what is the dreamer but a conglomeration of their character traits!?

>>> To learn how to dream, please read the rest of the story on Psychology Today.


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Sara Williams

Sara Williams

Sara E. Williams, PhD, is a licensed clinical child psychologist who specializes in assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with chronic health conditions. More about me.