Are you the parent of a teenager? Do you know teens who just stand out in their leadership skills and abilities? How about those teens who quietly lead in the background, know any of those?
I am a big believer in working with kids at an early age to teach them about emotions, how to problem solve, why it is important to engage in critical thinking skills, how to work on teams, and best ways of dealing with conflict. Too often when kids do not learn some of these important skills and abilities, they turn into adults who also struggle with all of these things.
Leadership is something that we can learn to do and learn to do exceptionally well if given the right training and circumstances. Leadership jobs and camps for kids are great first places to learn about leading. Kids are often involved in scouts, sports, 4-H, clubs, committees at school, etc. and all of these organizations allow kids the opportunity to be part of teams and to practice leadership roles.
You might have a teen who naturally gravitates toward leading others. Cool. Harness that skill and help them build that up even MORE. Perhaps your child is a little shy, but has the abilities to lead (not all leaders have to be shouting from a mountain top to be heard and have influence!). Those more silent leaders can still benefit from being part of teams and leadership skills trainings and camps.
With this summer a bit wonky – vacation plans cancelled, camps not happening, summer festivals postponed, on and on…. NOW is time to keep your kiddos engaged. How are you keeping your kids involved this summer – leave a comment!