Vision boards have played a big part in my life for the past few years. It allowed me to stay focused on my ambitions while staying true to myself and turning my dreams into a reality. As a result, my tween daughter was inspired to make a vision board of her own. Her very first vision board! Having a vision board during the tween stage of life can boost a child’s self-esteem allowing them to dream big and embrace the notion if you can dream of something you can definitely achieve it. In today’s blog post, I will be sharing with you the exact steps my 10-year-old daughter took to make a vision board for tweens.
You are never too young to dream.
What Is A Vision Board
A vision board is a compilation of the things we desire to have in life. How do we want to feel? Who do we want to become? The things we want to do. People we would like to surround ourselves with. Where do we want to go?
A vision board is one of the most powerful manifesting tools that allows us to curate our dreams.
A vision board lets your subconscious mind know what to focus on.
What Should Be Included In A Vision Board For Tweens?
Your tween can go through and cut pictures out of magazines, download images from Pinterest, search the Internet, or take photos of the things they like, or would like to have someday.
As well as spend some time journaling how they want to feel in the future. Who they desire to be etc.
Sophia used both words and pictures when making her vision board. She added images of the things she would like to have someday in the near future. (And yes, that included a puppy!) She also included places she would like to visit such as New Your City, Dubai, Paris, etc.
Courage, strong, joyous, bravery, healthy, and confident were some of the words she added to her vision board.
Your tween can add as much or as little on their vision board. It’s theirs and should be meaningful to them. Every word or image on the vision board should have a special representation of them.
You can remind your tween to focus on what they want and why they want it. Then trust in the process to deliver it. Remind them not to worry about the how, when, and where what they desire will come to them.
All that is needed of them is simply to get clear as to what they want, believe in it, and allow the process to unfold.
5 Steps On How To Make A Vision Board For Tweens
Let’s get creative!
Here are 5 simple steps on how you can help make a vision board for tweens:
Step 1: Gather supplies needed to make a vision board
We used a corkboard. But if this is not an option, you can use poster boards or a whiteboard.
You will also need magazines, printing paper, markers, crayons, glue sticks, thumbtacks, tape, and scissors. If magazines are not readily available and you have a printer and ink. Then you can search for images online and print them out.
We searched online and on Pinterest for pictures of the places Sophia wanted to visit, outfits she liked, and images of tween’s bedrooms.
Step 2: Let your child do a visualization activity
If your child is new to mindfulness. Take a few minutes to explain this process to her.
Begin with some deep breathing, and allow her to close her eyes and daydream about her future. Support her by using these journaling prompts:
- How do you want to feel?
- What are some things you desire to have in life?
- What are some places you would like to visit?
- Who is there with you?
- What would you like to be when you grow up?
- Who do you want to help?
- How are you dressed?
- What are you doing?
- Who inspires you?
- If you could have anything in the world, what would it be?
You can also light a candle and turn on some soothing music. ( YouTube has phenomenal playlists.) This will help her relax and allow her to tap into her authentic self and creativity.
Allow this visualization to last for about 10-15 minutes
Step 3: Create a roadmap to desires
Here’s where the fun begins!
Now, let your child write her desires out. The ones we just visualize. This will serve as a guide when collecting images and words for who she wants to be, what she wants to do, and what she has in her future.
Now that she’s clear about what she wants and how she wants to feel. It’s time to get cutting!
Go through magazines with her and allow her to grab things that have meaning to her. Maybe she comes across an image of someone she admires and wants to meet that person.
It’s all good! Let her go for it.
The beauty of making a vision board is there’s no time frame. This allows them to dream as far into their future.
If there’s something she wants and can’t put her fingers on an image. Then she can draw a picture of it. And use words to describe what she wants.
Don’t get caught up in finding the perfect image. Find a picture that represents what she wants. Every time she sees that image and looks at it she will automatically know what it represents for her.
Write words out on printing paper using different color markers of how she wants to feel. Sophia loves colorful things. If your child does as well, then say yes to using a variety of colors.
Let your child’s creativity flow onto their vision board. Building their dreams.
4. Create categories
Have your child review their images, words, and art. Creating categories for these. Some main categories for a teen vision board can be :
- Feelings/Future self
- Things I would love to have.
Here are some examples:
All places of interest and adventures can go under the travel category.
Under the future self category, your tween can place images of their outfits, their career choices, and words representing how they would like to feel.
Support your child as they play around with designing their vision board by allowing them to place things where they want to and not necessarily how you want to. (I know it is hard sometimes – but this vision board belongs to your tween not you.)
Once your teen is ready she can tack her images/ drawings and words on her vision board.
If your child wants to move some of the images and words around as time progresses. It’s okay. Let them do it.
5. Find a home
Now, your child’s vision board is all done. It’s time to give it a home. Encourage your tween to place/hang their vision board somewhere they can easily see it every day.
Sit with your child and help create a strategic plan on steps that are needed to reach their goals. Taking inspired actions and trusting the process. Remind your child not to be in haste. It takes time, patience, and gratitude.
For the first week, spend at least 5-10 minutes a day with your tween looking at your child’s vision board. Discuss their goals with them. Answering any questions they may have.
Revisit the board once a month together with your child. If they want to add or – remove some things. That’s okay. Goals change ever so often for all of us.
Why should you build a vision board with your tween?
Vision boards allow us to dream big. And the bigger we dream, the more fulfilling we become over time. Vision boarding at a young age will allow your child to focus on the things that matter to them.
They will be strong will. Have the power to say no to societal noises while fulfilling their dreams and becoming the happiest person they will ever know!
As Walt Disney said:
“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” “If you can visualize it, if you can dream it, there’s some way to do it.”
Do you have a vision board of your own? Let me know in the comments below.
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