In life, all children will become leaders and followers at some point. I want our children to learn to do both, but they need the tools for both… You can see part 1 of this post (#1-5) right here: 11 tips for raising leaders.
Welcome to Part 2- 11 tips for raising your child to be a leader .
6). Don’t expect perfection. Don’t expect laziness, either. Teach them to try their best (and make sure that they do!)
7). Lead by example. The best thing that we can do is to SHOW our kids.
When I volunteer somewhere- guess what they want to do?
When my husband offers to help someone- guess what they want to do?
When my husband and I read the bible- guess what they want to do?
Teach your kids to lead by being a leader! (& teach them to listen by being a listener).
8). As the parent, you have to be willing to do things that aren’t the same as everyone else.
It might be the ‘expected’ thing to go to a certain place or do a certain thing, but show your kids that you don’t have to follow the norm. You can do something different and you can be great at it!
The reason? Instead of trying to get approval from OTHERS, you are trying to do what is right in the eyes of God.
9). Believe in your kids!
I will tell you that I KNOW that our kids can do things- I believe in them more than they believe in themselves, at times. I never tell them that they can’t do something. If they get frustrated, I just tell them that I already know that they can do it because they have overcome more things in their lives (hard births, pregnancies, learning to ride a bike, even tying their shoes…) than I could have imagined already.
10). Parent YOUR Child, not someone else’s child.
What on earth does that mean? It means that YOUR child might learn by ‘doing’ while someone else’s child might learn by ‘listening.’ Learn what makes your child ‘tick’. Learn what makes your child the leader. Build up that part of your child. Parent YOUR child!
11- SHOW & TEACH YOUR CHILD TO HAVE A REAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. The strongest leaders that I know are those with strong beliefs.
Read more: Have a little faith in me (teaching your kids to have faith in themselves)
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