Sorry Kids: You Can’t Be ANYTHING You Want to Be

I stood in the corridor of my daughter’s dance studio waiting for ballet class to finish. The walls were lined with posters of kittens and violins and satin toe shoes, each displaying some cutesy motivational quote.

If you dream it, you can do it.

Nothing is impossible for you.

Now is your time to shine!

Do those words make you feel warm and fuzzy? Or, like me, do your raise your eyebrows?

I’m all for building my children’s confidence. But there’s a big difference between puffing up and pointing up. Here are four popular statements you won’t hear me saying to my kids.

Becky Kopitzke
Becky Kopitzke
Becky Kopitzke is the author of The SuperMom Myth: Conquering the Dirty Villains of Motherhood (Shiloh Run Press). On her devotional blog,, she offers weekly encouragement

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