What is Hope? How can we use hope to better our future? These are questions that we should all ask ourselves. I define hope as the feeling that good things will come tomorrow. Developing hope can be a useful tool when we are struggling with something in our lives or when we are working on developing young minds.
When we teach our children to believe in the possibility of tomorrow we create hope in their lives. We teach them that no matter what the circumstances are now, tomorrow is a new day and anything can happen.
Many times thought our lives we will come across challenges. Things that we may feel we might not be able to overcome. If we teach our children now, to look at things through the eyes of hope we can set them up for success.
One way we can teach our children is through family activities. Below are two ideas to get your family to communicate and set goals & hopes for tomorrow.
1. Hope Table: Dinner time is a great time to share about your day. It’s also a great time to go around and share what you hope for in the future. It can be anything from hoping to pass a test tomorrow to hoping to save up for the family vacation. Each day have someone write down everyone’s hopes for tomorrow. Pin it up on the refrigerator.
2. Create a Hope Journal: You can use a simple notebook or buy a fancy journal. Take time every week as a family to write in your journals. Parents, if you want to add something special to your child’s journal. Add some personal quotes or inspirational quotes every few pages. Then you can give it as a gift.
The best part of creating a hope journal or sharing your hopes is, watching them come true. As time passes, you become more aware that what you think about you bring about in your life.