Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #108 – hosted by PatAndCandy.com!
Have you been following the election season with your teen?
I know, I know,it’s certainly had its highs and (mostly) lows, but you really should be engaging with your teen during this whole process…for a very good reason:
We have a dearth of real leadership in our country these days!
No matter what your political persuasion, I think we can all agree with that statement, don’t you?
Don’t worry: I’m not about to get on a political soapbox here, and I’m certainly not going to tell you how to vote or who to vote for. But I would encourage you to remember, as I keep reminding myself, that even though it looks like we’re leaving our children a messed-up future, it IS their future – and they have the power and potential ability to change it for the better…if they are prepared!
So, parents of teens, whether or not you homeschool, would you do
me us all a favor? Prepare your teen to be a leader!
How to Develop Leadership Skills in Your Teen
While I don’t want you to shoulder complete responsiblity for your teen’s future (you most likely give yourself enough grief), there are simple steps you can take to get them started on the right track:
- Encourage them to read – books – preferably NOT on a Kindle – It’s not that I have anything against Kindles per se. But encouraging them to read “real” paper books, on topics that challenge them, will help them grow in ways that you may not even imagine. And paper books allow them to highlight, and underline, and make notes in the margins (yes, it’s ok to write in books if they’re yours), enabling them to make connections and engage fully with the content.
- Follow, and discuss, politics with them – Who knows where the discussions may lead? But help them to see the moral and/or ethical issues often involved, and help them understand the difference between politics and leadership (yup, there IS a difference!). Show them the links between our lives and the effect our leaders have on it. Tip: If you don’t know how to do that, here are some tools you can use to get started. (Note: THIS week, Beth at Online Unit Studies is offering 30% off the “All About Elections” unit study – perfect timing! Check it out…)
- Ensure they study civics and government and American history, maybe study them together. And ancient history is important, too: we get many of our political principles from the Greeks and Romans.
- Give them opportunities to lead – Whether it’s in a Scout/AHG troop, teaching a Sunday School class, or Student Council or Key Club, or organizing a summer business or extra-curricular group of their own choosing… Don’t succumb to the temptation to tell them how to lead, or rescue them when they make a mistake, but be there to walk them through the lesson and help them learn how to bounce back up again.
Come back every day this week as we add to Your Easy Guide to Homeschooling High School:
Day 1 – Get a Plan
Day 2 – The Power of Creative Electives
Day 5 – Tools for the Teacher: How to Ensure Your Teen Has a Thriving High School Experience
I have to say that I really had a hard time deciding on features this week because there were so very many good posts shared last week. Seriously, if you didn’t get a chance, get comfy and peruse last week’s posts after you’re done here…and then YOU tell me which ones you’d have chosen!
This week’s features are readers’ favorites chosen by number of views. (Were they yours, too?!)
Well, somebody over at OurUnschoolingJourney is doing quite a bit of reading, and it looks like y’all wanted to know what was on her list of August reads, too, ’cause this post had the most views! As I pointed out over there…so many books, so little time!
I LOVED Shannon’s post, from OfTheHearth! I can so totally attest to the fact that humor is good for our marriages. Paul loves making me laugh, and I love it when he does, too! There’s something about sharing a joke together that makes me feel so close to him…
The important part about the title of this post is in parenthesis… It’s not everybody who can find the humor in a situation while they’re in the middle of it! But Morgan, from MorganManagesMommyhood does just that in this post. And, Morgan, if I’ve seen you at the store and told you you’d miss these days…please forgive me 😉
Last but not least…
Gotta share our friend Andrew’s post, from Blessed Are the Pure in Heart, because y’all seemed to like it, too! As one of the original “party-goers” here at Coffee and Conversation, we’ve been following his story and praying for him and his wife over the past 2 years. We hope you will, too.
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