“My child is so stubborn, strong-willed and bossy!”
How many times have you said something along these lines, or heard a different parent say something similar? I know I have. Both.
As parents, we often cringe when our child is behaving in ways that could be characterized by these adjectives, because it makes parenting hard(er). Honestly, it makes everyday tasks and activities more difficult because you never know about what, or when, you and your child are going to butt-heads.
BUT, what if instead we say, “My child is TENACIOUS, PERSISTENT and CONFIDENT!”?
What if we flip the tables, and the way we think? What if we appreciate the self-awareness and self-expression our children have; these are, after all, the same qualities that make great leaders. By embracing these characteristics and focusing on the positive, it may help us remain calm in those daily battles.
Of course, that’s not to say that you won’t ever be frustrated when your child insists on picking out
her own outfit… that may or may not be weather appropriate… and may or may not match…
…that may or may not have happened to me…
Here at Rainbow Child Care Center, August’s Kids of Character theme is Leadership. We want our children to grow up to be great, confident individuals. Building leadership skills means reminding your child that being a leader means doing the right thing, being kind to others and showing others the right thing to do. It’s not about being loud or quiet, extroverted or introverted, it’s about leading by example.
Here are a few tips that can help build your child’s leadership skills at home: