Homeschooling parents, finding the time to teach your children leadership skills may be easier than you think. Jeff, how do you, as a father, inspire leadership in your children?
Well, Mike, one of the key things we do in our home is to inculcate what we call our family mission: that our goal as a family is to be a blessing to all nations of the earth, not just to avoid being a curse, but to actually be a blessing. And so we have a couple of things that we do around our home, in addition to helping our children pray for and support missionaries, use their money and their time and resources in a wise way, but we have two sayings. Number one, leaders take responsibility. We got rid of allowance in our home. We gave our kids specific tasks that they could take responsibility for that would allow them to earn money. In fact, a lot more money than they would earn through an allowance, but they’re responsible to do a good job and to report what they have done because leaders take responsibility. The second thing is more for Danielle and for me. It’s this: you teach what you know, but you reproduce who you are. We believe that our children will learn to develop leadership skills when they can walk with us when we’re taking the opportunity to lead. So I take my children with them, I ask them to listen in on conversations when I’m visiting with leaders. I want them to be around so that leadership and responsibility soak into their hearts.
Well, Jeff, this has been a very informative week for our listeners. Thank you so much for joining us. And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.