As the 2012 Presidential election approaches and we’re exposed to all the positives and negatives of the American political process, it’s a good opportunity to speak with your kids about the qualities that make a good leader. By putting this into context, kids might become more interested in the political process and history and more importantly they may begin to identify qualities they like in others that they want to emulate themselves.
Does your child already have the makings of a future leader? Developing these traits even further and acknowledging how valuable they are gives children a sense of importance and individuality, which can be essential when faced with peer pressure. Building self-esteem is one of the key ingredients in keeping kids confident enough in themselves to make positive decisions and resist the pressure to smoke, drink or use drugs.
Remember that your kids look up to you because you are the leaders of your household; you have the power to influence them in a way no one else does. Always encourage them to expand on their strengths and work on their weaknesses and teach them to make the right decisions in their lives, even if they are unpopular or hard. It’s important we do this because the leaders of tomorrow are being raised right in our homes today!
What qualities do you think make a great leader?