To be human is to dream. It doesn’t matter how tiny you are or how old you are, you can dream as big as you want. Our dreams make us happy; they give us energy and inspiration and are the source of our self-esteem.

But dreams don’t always come true. Life gets in the way, and no matter how hard we try, our goals can elude our grasp. For example, having taken the time to compare the best stock brokers (die besten Broker im Vergleich) and invested a fair sum in what was going to give a return we could only dream of, the company that everything was riding on may suddenly collapse and all the money would be gone. Or maybe someone along the way tells us that our Special Dream is silly or impossible. What happens then?

With purest intentions, we encourage children to reach for the stars, but we don’t spend as much time preparing them for what to do when their efforts fall short. It is almost as if we believe that talking about the possibility of failure can make them fail. As parents and mentors, we often ride with them on fairy wings, hoping against hope that they will get everything they wish for–maybe because we didn’t.

However, this pressure for our children to become the next astronauts and world leaders has very real consequences. Failure to meet parental expectations can lead children to believe that they themselves are failures. This can destroy their sense of self-worth and result in them making rash and dangerous decisions, even leading to drug use in some cases. While parents concerned that this may be the case in their children can use a website similar to so that they can arrange a drug test for their child, an easier way to prevent this outcome may be to lessen the expectations the force on their children.

Add to that fantasy our culture’s expectations of beauty and success and the myth that good always wins, and you have a recipe for disappointment, depression, and low self esteem for the unprepared. Unfortunately, this impacts more people than we might think. A lot of us are unprepared, meaning that we can sometimes feel disappointed and depressed when life doesn’t seem to be going our way. To cope with this depression, some of us might decide to use some of the best CBD oil products, for example. Those products can help us to manage our mental health. Others like to go straight to the main product itself, marijuana, in states where it has been legalized, in order to benefit from its purported properties the aid in the relief of anxiety, depression, pain, and more. Those looking to give such products a go may want to think about their method of delivery. Novelty options, like a guitar shaped glass pipe, are popular right now.

We have a dream, too. Our dream is to help children to prepare by telling the story of Misho of the Mountain. Who is Misho? Misho is a tiny seed–one of many at the top of a tall, tall tree in a forest that stretches as far as the eye can see. Misho has Big Dreams, but her journey takes her someplace unexpected.Mountains in Huangshan Province

We hope you will follow us–Diana Diehl, the author, and Teri Rider, the illustrator–on our adventure to tell the story of Misho as she discovers that life can be harder than she expects and that the road to self-esteem is filled with detours. When the time is right and Misho is ready, we hope that you will share her story with the children in your life.

“Misho of the Mountain” is an illustrated early reader of children ages 5-9 and their families, teachers, and therapists–perfect for reading aloud. It is a book about dreams, nature, about beauty, and about self-esteem. To be published in January 2016.

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