Raising Boys to Dream Big. Always.

Raising Boys: Dream Big and Never Stop Reaching

As a mom of three boys, I know this to be true:  raising boys is an adventure, and life is complicated.  We’re under pressure as parents, and our kids are under pressure, too, as they navigate through the ups and downs and obstacles that come their way.  Earlier this summer, while playing outside with my kids, I glanced over at the driveway and snapped this candid picture of my youngest son. I couldn’t help but think, “Yes, reach!  You can do it.”  I instantly drafted the poem below in my head.  I hope to share it with my boys someday.  I hope you enjoy it, and I hope my kids and yours never stop reaching.

Dream big. Always.
Dream big. Always.

Because the biggest dreams
Can come from the littlest guys
Dream big, my sons
I see it in your eyes

There are no limits,
Not even the sky
Dream big, always,
Reach up high

When the world tells you no,
Say “yes, I can”
And keep on trying
Again and again

Dream big always,
my rascals, my loves
Reach beyond,
Find what’s above

Spark an idea
Borne from your mind
Dream big, always
Little boys of mine.

Change the world,
You’ll get there in time
Dream big, always
And you will find

When you are men
You’ll look back and know
Your dreams were the future
Telling you where to go

Follow those dreams,
Follow your heart
And dream big, always
You’ve got a great start.

-K. Lesh, June 2016

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  1. That is super cute. It is definitely a reminder that boys need to hear.

    1. admin says:

      Agreed! We probably need to be reminded as adults, too! 🙂

  2. What an adorable photo!
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    1. Thank you!

  3. Alison says:

    What a great poem Karen. 🙂

    1. Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

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