Every little thing that our kiddos do is extraordinary in our eyes. From their first baby steps and first words (which always seems to be Dada) to their first day at school *cue the hankie*, every chapter of their lives is an incredible achievement for both them and us, the parents.
When I became a mother it became apparent that I would need to and want to big up my daughter and positively motivate her as much as possible. Although I had never experienced anything particularly positive being instilled in me whilst growing up, I knew instinctively it was what I wanted my baby girl to experience every day of her life.
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll be among the stars ~ Les BrownI truly believe kids should know that they are incredible in their own way and that they have their own gifts to share - even though they may not really know what these gifts are straight away. I’m nearly 40 and I’m only just embracing life now! I still have no idea what my real gift to bestow on the world is yet but I’m working on it.I remember being completely obsessed with other-worldly things and even claimed the moon as my bestie at 5 years old….and ahem, still do! I always wondered what was beyond, up there with the moon and stars but it was a thirst that couldn’t be quenched. As a kid I was given a book all about our universe by my fave Aunt and I knew then that I was going to be an astronaut, it was my life’s calling at 8 years young.
One day in class we were discussing what we wanted to be when we grew up and all my classmates were being pretty typical - all the girls wanted to be nurses, office workers or teachers and the boys wanted to be footballers, firemen or policemen. I was bursting at the seams to tell Miss what I wanted to be; an astronaut! It came to my turn and I was so excited, I told the whole class but was immediately shut down and told to stop daydreaming and wasting class time. The kids laughed at me, most of them didn’t know what an astronaut was and thought I was making it up. I mean, I’d only just learned what an astronaut was myself from the awesome book my Aunt gave me. I was told to be ‘more realistic’ and pick a ‘normal’ job. What else could I do but do as my teacher asked? I changed my mind and went with the most popular job choice, a nurse.I remember being so distraught that others would ridicule my ideas and passion just because it was a little different. Because I’d never been taught how to stand up for myself at home or told to feel confident in my decisions and that it was OK to be different I sort of just went with the flow. On the outside I appeared to be your average little girl - although my passion was still deep rooted and I knew my bestie, the moon, would have my back.
Now that I’m a mother to two gorgeous kiddos with my third on the way, we as a family embrace our quirks and dreams no matter how ‘absurd' they may sound to others. Kids have the best imaginations and mine flit between wanting to be a unicorn, graphic designer, author, firefighting mermaid, YouTuber or barber!!! It pretty much changes on a daily basis depending on who they feel inspired by at that time. But isn’t that where the magic is? Who am I to shatter their dreams just because they’re not ‘realistic’?
They are children and should be allowed and encouraged to dream big and be completely preposterous, right? I have to admit that one of my favourite things to be asked by both my kiddos on a pretty regular basis is ‘What do you want to be when you’re older Mummy?’. No prejudice or discrimination, just a straight up question in their eyes. And of course I answer with sometimes a crazy concoction of things to make them laugh and sometimes I revel in my dream to be an Astrounaut.
One half of my inspiration, my daughter Miss. E wearing her fave t-shirt!It is from all these crazy, wonderful ideas of my kiddos that the print ideas for Dragons & Daisies were born. Both my children love space and all its magick and it’s my daughter who imagined a t-shirt with stars, a unicorn rainbow (as you do!) and a positive message for kids. Working closely with our designer we created our 'Team Supreme: Born to Win' tee and what’s important is that it got the thumbs up from my daughter! One of our best sellers and bright enough to put a spring in your step.
Our rainbow stars print being bornWhat do your kids dream of becoming when they’re older? Leave your comments below.
Reach for the Stars, You were Born to Win!
- October 05, 2017
- 3 min read