From The Heart

How To Raise Children Who Are Strong Leaders

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If you want to raise children who are strong leaders, the process doesn’t have to be complicated. But it does take some time and hard work. First, you need to build those skills up, and then you need to let your child practice those lessons and skills out in the real world.

Wondering where to begin? Here are some resources:

Resources to Help Build Confidence and Responsibility 

Leadership skills start with you and the example you set for your child at home. It’s not enough to tell your child how to be or act, you must also show them through the way you respond in situations and handle conflict (and the emotion that comes with it).

Remember this:

  • Improving your own self-confidence can help boost your child’s self-esteem. 
  • It’s a great idea to set some goals that will help you demonstrate confidence and determination. 
  • Build your child’s confidence by providing opportunities for leadership, confidence, team-building, and problem-solving (with a group and independently).
  • Encourage your child to self-reflect and learn from his/her mistakes. 
  • Engage in daily conversations with your child to help them practice communication skills.

Projects Where Children Can Practice Leadership Skills

Hands-on learning can be an effective way for children to practice their leadership skills and perhaps even sharpen them. If you want to raise children who are strong leaders, here are a few projects you can try: 

  • Volunteering through your church or community can be a wonderful way for children to serve their community and Jesus, but let your child choose a cause they are interested in for maximum impact. 
  • Starting a community garden is another project that can teach kids leadership skills. 
  • Another ideas is that you can our child can learn responsibility and leadership by fostering a pet at home. 
  • There may also be virtual volunteering so your child can help from home. 

Honestly, the best way to raise your child with confidence, compassion, and a sense of purpose is to demonstrate these qualities in your own life. After all, your kids look up to you more than anyone. By creating a good example for them to follow, you can help them become leaders in the future.

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