Thursday, April 07, 2011
1 Confident Child: A Two-Part Recipe
How does one go about raising confident children? Or rather raising confidence in children? Between a few wise friends and one wise mother I think I've nailed it down (which is a far cry from infiltrating our patterns and habits with this wisdom). And...nailing anything down in parenting, well, that's worth sharing. Here goes, literally, my two cents.
1. Give your children opportunity to contribute to the family. Also known as: work! Good old fashioned work. However that happens, job charts, lists, or jars. I know someone who's mother, when she ran out of jobs, would dump dirt onto the floor of the garage for her sons to sweep up.
2. Teach them how to recognize the spirit of the Lord whispering guidance into their little, soon to be BIG lives. When it happens, yell, "That's it! That's it!" And for heaven's sake let them make choices as soon as possible, right? Cheerios or shredded wheat? Shorts or pants? Practice the piano or do your math?
That's it!! I better get to it. Good luck, all you sexy parents out there!