How often does thankfulness cross your mind and heart apart from the Thanksgiving holiday?
It takes effort to be thankful. It is not a natural human thought. Humans are selfish by nature and to be thankful means we must look beyond ourselves.
Raising children with an attitude of gratitude doesn't happen overnight. It begins when your child enters the world and start learning from you.
As homeschool parents we have been given the responsibility to raise, nurture and love our children but also to educate them. It is all intertwined. Most of the time you cannot and should not separate them.
As my children entered the teen years, I started thinking of myself as a mom who was raising leaders. Soon my children, one by one, would leave our home. My prayer was that they would leave know Christ personally, equipped with the leadership skills learned and the gifts and talents given to them by God to change their world.
I was raising four leaders and I would help change the world for the better, one child at a time. What an awesome responsibility, and one that I was so very grateful and honored to have been given.
The list is long when writing the traits of a Godly leader. But the one I want to concentrate on right now is gratefulness.
Are you... is your teen one that is thankful?
Do you take the time to see the blessings that you have been given?
"Biblical leaders are thankful leaders! It is a part of who they are, how they lead and how they live." (David Roth)
Great leaders lead by example.
Leadership begins on the inside.
Does your teen possess the leadership skill of thankfulness? If not, will you help them develop that trait?
Most teens are able to understand the concept of being thankful and can grasp the fact that thankful people are happier people and more pleasant to be around. They attract others to them.
To continue reading a get the thankful teen activity, click on over to How to Homeschool My Child where I contributed this guest post.
I raised four leaders who in turn are raising more leaders!!
They have gone on to change the world through their own families, careers, friends and acquaintances!....Change the world for the better, one child at a time.
What an awesome responsibility, and one that I was so very grateful and honored to have been given.
I look forward to connecting with you soon!
Enjoying the journey,
Michelle Osborn is the owner and founder of Homeschooling Teens Successfully and Yellow House Book Rental, specializing in providing homeschool curriculum for rent or purchase, as well as counseling and guidance for homeschool families. She is a wife, a 22-year homeschool veteran, and mom of four children and five grandchildren. Three of her children are now entrepreneurs, running their own businesses and doing quite well. Michelle’s passions include serving by leading worship at her church and encouraging homeschool moms through one on one, social media and speaking engagements. She has found her niche in helping parents homeschooling their teens through the high school years and on to pursue their dreams.