We have a new president in the United States.
If you look at social media, it is full of emotional responses to the last election and the inauguration of our 45th president.
Here are four points to ponder when guiding the next generation of leaders to develop their own understanding of issues without becoming too emotional ourselves.
1. We Learn Leadership by Observation
When developing the next generation to be leaders, there will be a moment when these little humans decide for themselves. Adults have a natural desire to want to teach kids what we think is right and wrong. However, from our own experience as kids, we know that young minds tend to learn more by observing actions of the adults than any spoken lessons. This is especially true if talk does not match behaviors.
2. Rely on Questions
Keep a strong open dialogue with children while they are forming their own opinions and decisions. Rely on questions rather than dictate answers. This will be helpful when they grow older and start to form their own opinions.
3. Share Opinions without Placing Blame
Of course, when kids ask us our opinion, we can be honest without placing blame or judgment. I was fortunate to have a good model with my own mother. When I asked about behaviors I saw in the media and how they seemed different to what she expected in our house, she explained that people do make their own choices. Then she would explain her choice for raising me with specific boundaries. She also explained the thought she had put into that choice. It was a firm but thoughtful approach.
4. Calm our own Emotions
We can work to calm our own emotional center by understanding a bit about brain science. We can benefit from sorting out our own thoughts and emotions on a daily basis. We can take a bit of time each day to pause and reflect.
Picture books are a great way to start discussions for kids who are between preschool and second grade. Consider this factual book free of opinions: An updated version of The New Big Book of U.S. Presidents by Running Press Kids.
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Deanne Bryce is an advocate for personal leadership at all ages. This post is part of a series of posts that directly address leadership using current events. Suggest a leadership topic by connecting on Facebook or Twitter.