When you look at a dot, do you just see a dot? Or do you see potential for more?
That’s the premise of the book The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds, which has led to the International Dot Day on September 15th-ish, meant to inspire people to make their own mark and see where it takes them.
Sometimes, we’re held back from moving forward because we think too much about the end and not about the baby steps involved. Sometimes, the focus on the “I Can’t” and lose sight of the “Well, let’s see if I can.” By simply starting somewhere (like with a dot, for instance), you’re on your way to seeing what else you’re capable of.
Here are 5 ways that you can encourage your children to make their dot– and see where it takes them:
- Whether it’s community service or a craft project, do something together as a family to get him/her started. It might turn into a lifelong love;
- Find resources for your child to learn more about their interests, whether it’s books, magazines, YouTube videos, etc;
- Find a platform for your child to display his/her skill or interest, e.g. making videos, writing stories, art classes, community projects, etc;
- Talk to your child at dinner, or any time, about things he/she likes. Show interest in the things he/she likes and then do #3;
- Be a model of how the little things can have an impact, and that you don’t need to move mountains to make your mark.
How is your child making a mark? What are some of their interests?