Kids can have moxie too! And in today’s climate they need it. The issues and realities our kids face can be complicated. And while there is no one size fits all answer, there are things we can do to help. We’re not relegated to standing on the sidelines, wringing our hands and breathlessly hoping things will turn out right. Taking action is great example of how to have moxie. Sometimes you just need to start. Experience teaches us that who we are is made up of a countless number of decisions. Life is a complex place, and in the course of a day our experiences are as unique as our DNA. The object is to embrace these experiences and use them to forge ourselves into the people we want to become, and teach the kids we love to do the same. Here are some ideas:
Knowing our value can be an important source of power, power that can provide focus, determination, and a host of other skills we can wield to shape our destinies. As parents, we want nothing more than for our kids to learn this lesson early and have it repeated often. But, it’s not enough to just tell them they’re important, we need to believe it too. Take a few moments to observe how your child spends her time and determine how you can support her unique interests and hobbies. Then, take action. If she’s a reader, make time to take her to the library. Is she into mountain biking? Research trials in your area and find one you can ride together. It doesn’t need to be complicated or time-consuming, your time is really what matters.
It sounds old-fashioned, but age appropriate household tasks can be a great way to give kids a chance to contribute and realize their value as members of the family. Assign younger kids easier tasks like taking out the garbage or drying dishes. For bigger jobs like mopping floors, be sure to demonstrate first and provide the necessary tools. Be patient; offer lots of praise for a job well done, and watch their confidence grow!
Kids these days are amazing. The demands of life are significant and can be difficult to navigate, yet we see examples every day of our kids accepting the challenges of life in a complicated world. They deserve our respect! Approaching our kids with respect can help them know their value and, in turn, value and respect others. Start with a change in perspective and try seeing kids for who they are and who they will be. Visualizing them as their future selves can be a good reminder that we are part of their building process, so let’s help them out as much as we can.
Help kids contribute to their communities by setting an example. Start in your own home. Maybe the one who needs acceptance and kindness is under your own roof. Create good habits at home and it’s a lot easier to branch out from there. Smile at your neighbor, take a friend to lunch, volunteer at your local church or food bank. Opportunities to make a difference are everywhere. Do your part and you can help create a culture of proactive kids who value the contributions of others. It doesn’t need to be complicated, start where you are and see what happens. Small efforts can bring amazing rewards!
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