Kids Dreaming Big – A Wish For My Children #APMyWish

Disclosure: I was chosen to be a Dream Kids Ambassador. This post is a part of a compensated campaign for African Pride’s Kids Dreaming Big Scholarship contest. As with all reviews and campaigns in which I have been compensated, all views expressed are my own.


When I was growing up, I may not have had everything that I wanted, but looking back, I had absolutely everything I needed. When I think about growing up in my generation, I think about being able to run around my neighborhood and playing outside with my friends until the street lights came on (without my parents having to watch me like a hawk…although they did that too). I think about teaching myself how to rollerskate and doing it for hours outside after school. I think about hop scotch and double dutch.

When I think about the generation that my kids are being raised in, quite honestly, it’s a little scary. I never thought that I would have to start dreaming the same big dream that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr had to dream for his children. I never thought I’d have to worry about my kids being a victim of violence in school.

Ten years from now when my kids are reading this blog, I want them to know that I have very special dreams and wishes for them.

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A wish for my children…

I wish my children will always carry with them the true definition of self-love, and never allow anyone else to define that for them.

I wish that my girls will always be proud of their natural beauty, and continue embracing and loving all of who they are.

I wish my son will never have to experience being harrassed by authorities simply due to the color of his skin.

I wish my children know that there will always be ignorance in this world, but that doesn’t mean they have to be a part of it.

I wish my children will always dream as big as they dream now.

I wish they will never allow anyone else’s negativity to dull their light or the beauty of their spirits.

I wish that they will always love, protect and look out for one another.

I wish they will never fear success or failure, but that they learn to #DoItAfraid.

I wish for my kids to always strive to be better than their parents in everything they do, so they can pass that on to their children.

I wish my kids will always go after what they want, and set the bar high for those coming after them.

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There have been a lot of changes in the world in the last ten years. And there will be even more ten years from now. In ten years, my son will be seventeen, and my daughters will be fifteen and thirteen. I want them to be able to do anything they put their minds to, without limitations from others.

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This is why I’m excited about African Pride’s first annual “Kids Dreaming Big” national scholarship contest. The “Kids Dreaming Big” contest, opened to youth grades 3 – 5, encourages the next generation to believe in the beauty of their dreams and provides a national platform to pursue them. Scholarship entry is February 2- March 15, 2015 with $3000.00 worth of scholarships offered. The African Pride Dream Kids and fred’s will also host a meet & greet with Cynthia Bailey and one of our lucky scholarship winners on Saturday, April 4th in Tunica, Mississippi.

For more information about Dream Kids and the “Kids Dreaming Big” Scholarship, visit www.africanpridedreamkids.com and www.fredsinc.com.

What do you wish for your children ten years from now?

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    T. Espinoza
    February 11, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Nope. You will NOT make me cry today. I won’t have it! This was such a heartfelt post. I have many of the same wishes for my boys. Mostly, I wish that they will know more love than hate and that they leave a positive mark on the world in some way. 🙂
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      Christine St.Vil
      February 11, 2015 at 11:17 PM

      LOL I may or may not have teared up when writing this post T. I love that, thanks for sharing!

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    Ronnie Harris Tyler
    February 11, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    I love this post…my wish for my kids…that they are happy! and that they have healthy relationships!

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    The SistahChick
    February 11, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Loved it! Such an awesome mom. Your children are truly blessed.
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      Christine St.Vil
      February 11, 2015 at 11:17 PM

      Thank you Stacey!!! From one awesome mom to another 🙂

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    Christine St.Vil
    February 12, 2015 at 4:16 AM

    Thank you Ronnie! Yes, happy and healthy relationships, so important. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Jaye@Curvatude
    February 12, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    This is beautiful Christine and I am sure having you as a mom, your kids will make all your and their own wishes come true.
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      Christine St.Vil
      February 12, 2015 at 3:25 PM

      Thanks so much Jaye! I truly appreciate those words of encouragement 🙂

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    LaShawn
    February 13, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    This is beautiful. I wish for a lot of things for my son, like :growing out of his wheat allergy and his seasonal allergies. But my biggest wish for my son is that is he happy! Above anything else, that is what I want !
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      Christine St.Vil
      February 14, 2015 at 1:01 PM

      Thanks so much for sharing LaShawn! I hope he grows out of those allergies as well. But happiness is a great wish above all 🙂

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    Renee Matthews
    February 13, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Christine it sounds to me like your kids are very blessed to call you mommy!! I will spread this information to my friends with kids that need this scholarship!! Thanks African Pride

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    Rani
    February 13, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    So sweet!!! Oh my goodness…. *no tears. no tears.”
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    Mia Jones
    February 14, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    I also am disillusioned at times at the plights we have to push our.children pass that were not the world that we as parents went through during our childhood.

    My daughter dreams big and I am right there beside her helping in any way that I can to make them come true.

    Awesome read.

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    Christine St.Vil
    February 14, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Aww thanks so much Renee, I truly appreciate that! And thank you for spreading the word about this scholarship contest.

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    Christine St.Vil
    February 14, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    I love that Mia! Sounds like you're giving your daughter the best foundation she could have 😉

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    Nadeen White
    February 15, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    This are excellent points! It is a different time but children should still be able to grow up with self love and self worth. My parents always told me I could be anything I wanted to me and I never thought otherwise based on my race or gender. Beautiful kids btw! And I love the Kids Dreaming Big scholarship idea!

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    Mimi - MimiCuteLips
    February 15, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    A a mother of a ten year old black boy I wish for nothing but great things for him. My wish is that his name NEVER becomes a hash tag. I wish that he never has to be devalued by society, law enforcement or misguided individuals.

    As a mother of a three year old black girl I wish that she never forgets her worth. Even when society and men don’t see her value. My wish is that she is always proud of her beautiful brown skin and her natural kinky hair.
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      Christine St.Vil
      February 15, 2015 at 11:12 PM

      Whew! Girl, you just gave me chills! I absolutely love this, thanks so much for sharing!

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    Nancy
    February 16, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    I loved this, I got emotional! Your children are beautiful, I hope that my little ones stay close, love and care for another as well and be each others number one support system.

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