What My Teenage Daughter Will Learn from Her Trip to France
When my teenage daughter asked if she could participate in her high school French department's trip to France, I didn't want to say "We can't afford it." I heard and believed those words so often growing up, and I am still struggling to overcome the negative impact on my life. But I didn't know how I could afford it.
I believed there was a better answer. I've read a lot of Law of Attraction literature in the last few years and have applied the principles with varying degrees of success to my life, but it was difficult to find the words to answer my daughter's request until her father called to discuss the trip with me. He said he couldn't afford it.
"I believe Camille can earn this trip," I heard myself say. And I did believe it. I could even help with the $200 nonrefundable deposit that was due in a few days, but I did not want to start spending money I didn't really have to spare if she wasn't going to show some effort. "So far all she has done is badger me about it every day," I told her dad. He put Camille back on the phone, and I started explaining it to her and brainstorming ideas for her to earn the money. She has talked about finding a part-time job for months but really hasn't applied for many.
"I'm really motivated, now," she told me. Within an hour she had posted on her myspace her intent to raise the money and received several pledges of support from friends. The next day she collected three job applications, started a blog about her efforts, and scheduled a small painting job for a woman from her church. She also has a lead to speak with a local children's author about illustrating some of her books.
Camille is a very talented artist and part of her attraction to France is based on her interest in art. She can't wait to see the Mona Lisa in person. I'm thrilled that this trip will not only cultivate her interest in art, but in the process of fund raising, she will potentially gain some real life experience in the field.
At first I felt a little self-conscious encouraging her to "beg for money." But, she will earn it. Even the donations will be a direct result of her earnest efforts and positive expression of her abilities and dreams. The school encourages fundraising efforts, and she will have to do more than just "ask" for money.
I think the blogging experience will be beneficial in addition to the various work experience she will gain. Most importantly, I am happy to see her pursue her passion, to set goals and act on them, and to believe she will attract the resources needed to fulfill this dream.
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