Is your motto as a dad, "The buck stops here"? When is it time to pass some responsibility down the ranks? On today's Home School Heartbeat, host Mike Smith and author Derek Carter discuss raising up leaders from among your children.
Derek, we've talked this week about various ways that dads can make a significant investment in their families. Of course, the return of that investment is to see your children become godly and responsible adults. Do you have any suggestions for helping our children to step up and start taking leadership roles as they get older?
Sure, that's a great question, Mike. And, you start with really, really simple things. Even like having your children lead chapel. That's a great way of teaching them responsibility and leadership. Teaching our kids to be leaders means having to be proactive and having one sibling teach another sibling activity or even a lesson or even a subject that he may be struggling with. Those are ways that we can show them that we want to help someone else.
And also, homeschooling is a great thing and we want our kids to do well academically. But the important thing we don't want to miss out on is integrity. Teaching your children integrity and modeling integrity goes a very long way in teaching leadership. Because leadership isn't always about what you know, it's about how you carry yourself and how people see you.
Derek, those insights you've shared this week have been absolutely tremendous! I'm sure many dads listening will be encouraged to take new initiative with their families. And until next time, I'm Mike Smith.