Has your age ever hit you between the eyes and you find yourself saying “Am I really that old? Did I go through a time warp?”
I had a blast with over 130 fifth graders on a field trip at a Leadership Reaction Course for the military. This course is used for training soldiers in leadership, communication, teamwork, confidence and more.
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However what I noticed was the different dynamics in the children.
What got under my skin is how progressive we are in technology, medical advance, science research; yet we are regressing in life application skills. The ones being taught at the LRC (Leadership Reaction Course).
Unfortunately, what I found was laziness, the expectation someone else was going to do the work, and not willing to think outside the box.
How do you stop the cycle?
The K.I.S.S. ~ Lead by example. Be a role model!
The simple way to remember this is M.O.D.E.L.!
- MODEL the behavior you want your child to use.
- OWN your mistakes and acknowledge them to your child.
- DEVELOP appropriate responses in situations.
- ENCOURAGE appropriate actions.
- LOVE unconditionally. Love them where they’re at.