I have the blessing of raising two girls and two boys. They each come with their own personality, strengths, and weaknesses. While I feel confident in raising my girls, most likely because I am one, it’s my boys that my heart aches for and where I feel ill-equipped. I perceive there is so much pressure on boys to fit a certain mold of masculinity, intelligence, and leadership. So how can I raise my boys to be themselves, while equipping them to fight against the pressures of who culture tells them to be? Teach them to be servant leaders!
I learned this concept in college, and presently work within a community-based, not-for-profit healthcare system that practices it. Here’s how Robert Greenleaf defined this leadership concept: A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong…The servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible. In teaching our sons to become servant leaders, we are encouraging them to explore their natural giftings, to discover their role in their communities (friends, family, society), and ultimately establish security in their identity!
Here are some suggestions on teaching our boys to become servant leaders.
Even when my children are completely calm about starting a new school year, I can be a little nervous. Will they connect with their teachers? Will they have a friend in their class? Will they be able to keep up with their schoolwork? The start of a new school year is filled with anticipation, excitement, […]
Teachers and school administrators the world over agree: parental involvement is a major factor in a child’s educational success, and plays a significant role in the overall health and quality of a school community. For super-busy parents, this may sound daunting. How in the world can you fit in one more thing? These tips can […]
Have you ever worked hard cooking a meal only to taste it and be disappointed? It’s amazing how missing one ingredient while cooking can be the difference between a delicious meal and a dud. The same is true of raising kids, especially when it comes to their education.
Research shows that parent involvement in schools has multiple positive impacts: student success increases, along with teacher morale and overall school quality.
Want to teach your kids how to get better grades and more attention from their teacher? Be a room mom, work in the lunchroom, or volunteer at your child’s school any way you can. It makes sense, and studies back it up; involved moms interact with teachers more, so they hear what’s going on in […]
What did your children learn during the school year that they need to unlearn? Have they learned to be quiet because someone bullied them? Maybe they became friends with a “cool” kid who taught them some uncool habits, and now they need a manners lesson. As much as we want to stay on top of […]
Are you helping your child become a successful adult? According to the Search Institute, there are 40 key developmental assets which you can provide to your school-aged child that will help her transition through childhood and adulthood. As you begin providing these assets to your child, keep in mind the following six guidelines provided by […]
In their book, Getting the Best out of Public Schools, authors Dr. Steven and Virelle Kidder share an article written by Linda S. Page on how parents can become involved in their children’s schools. According to Page, “The type of parental involvement that makes a positive difference in student achievement is more than ‘volunteering.’ While supporting […]
In past blogs I’ve warned parents, “Baby Einstein or Brainy Baby may turn your baby into anything but,” and “Don’t Count on DVDs to Improve Your Child’s Vocabulary.” Now, as science catches up to the marketing of these DVDs, more doubts are being raised about their so-called value and effectiveness. Passive Babies Parents who want […]
Are you ready to send your child to school? Is your child ready to go to school? Here are some things to think about as you try to answer those questions: Getting Your Child Emotionally Ready: Be sure to reassure him that you will miss him and understand that he will miss you too. You […]
Is homework hurting your relationship with your children? Do you have to nag, scream and threaten to get them started? There is a better way for getting that homework done! Getting our kids to do their homework can be frustrating. The key, of course, is using a system to establish a routine and stop the […]
Did you know that good nutrition not only helps your children stay healthy, but also helps them learn at school? Nutrition expert Kelly Hammer and education expert Vicki Caruana explain that vital nutrients in healthy foods contribute to keeping our children’s brains functioning at peak performance. These nutrients include water, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and […]