This week’s checklist prompt is: 10 Things I Wish for My Kids. We all have desires for our kids. These are our hopes and dreams for them as they grow up and mature into adulthood.
So the checklist prompt is aimed at tuning us into what we most want for our kids.
Here are my top 10 wishes for my kids:
- Share their gifts – I believe each one of us is born with unique gifts and talents and true happiness comes from fully sharing our own unique gifts and talents with the world. I notice how each of my kids has their own talents and I try to encourage the development of those talents whenever I can. My deepest wish is that they fully share those talents with the world.
- Find love. I wish that each of my kids finds a deep abiding love like I’ve found with their father. They definitely have love from our family, but I also wish them to experience the profound joy that comes from a fulfilling romantic relationship.
- Make a difference. This wish goes hand-in-hand with my first wish – that they share their talents. When they share their talents, they will make a difference. What I truly wish here is that they always strive to make a difference and do the right thing.
- Are kind. I try to encourage and model this as much as I can. I want my children to be kind — kind to others, kind to animals and the environment, and most importantly kind to themselves.
- Enjoy financial success. I want my children to be financially successful. By this I mean, I want them to never feel like they have to worry about money. I want them to feel comfortable enough to share their gifts, live the lives they want, and be generous. Money doesn’t make one happy, but having enough definitely eases some worries and provides more options.
- Are healthy in mind, body & spirit. I want my children to be healthy in this broad sense of the world. In fact, I want them to be more than just healthy, I want them to be thriving.
- Become parents. I really would love to be a grandparent someday, so I hope my kids have kids. Also, parenting, while super duper challenging, is also one of the greatest life experiences. I desire them to be able to experience that.
- Are happy. Everything I’ve written is ultimately because I want my kids to be happy. Each of the other wishes for them are ultimately about this. So, if they’ll be happier not having children or renouncing all their material possessions and being ascetics in India, I’m good with that.
- Are true to themselves. In my coaching and speaking, I often focus on helping people listen to their intuitive guidance – that still small voice that knows exactly what is best for you. I wish for my kids to listen first and foremost to that voice and be true to it. I wish that for them even if the message they get is different from what I would say for them. Ultimately, I want them to be true to themselves. Luckily my stubborn, non-people pleasing kids, seem to have this one pretty firmly under control.
- Play as big as they can. I truly wish that they never play small. I wish that they always reach for the moon and go for it. They may fail … no, they will definitely fail sometimes. Not giving up after failures and continuing to play big is what will lead them to success. I hope they are never too scared of losing that they sit out of the game. I want them to always play and to play as big as they can.
Those are the items on my list. What’s on your list? What 10 things do you most wish for your kids? Share in the comments or share on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #52checklistsproject. I can’t wait to see your checklists.
Monick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom. She has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and career choices. She’s a busy mom of 3, certified life and career coach, author, speaker, and real estate investor. She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms. You can connect with her on the Checklist Mom Facebook Page and on twitter as @thereikicoach.