Let's take a break (a virtual coffee chat) at Radina's Bakehouse in Manhattan, Kansas. One time I was there, I had a chocolate ginger scone. The memory still lingers on my mind and taste buds.
And speaking of chocolate, I have to agree with Charles M. Schulz, the creator of Peanuts that said,
"All you need it love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."
Let chocolate be a metaphor for a little break. Find a table and sit with a chocolate ginger scone and a cup of your preferred beverage. These virtual visits to various coffeehouses, cafes, and bakeries are a reminder to take a break from all that you do to love and nurture the children in your life.
Part of the process of leading begins with knowing what you want. Reconnecting with your original desire can give you a shot of energy to keep you focused for a long term goal.
Here are a two questions to ask yourself:
What do I believe is possible for the kids I lead?
What do I see them able to do as a result of my influence/mentoring/guidance?
A few readers have said:
"I believe is it possible and I want to for my kids to see themselves as learners and problem solvers."
"It used to be about helping kids feel good about themselves. Now I see that I can do more by supporting kids when learning gets hard. I want to do that for kids."
"Kids know that I trust them to try and fail and try again."
"My kids will know that they are worthwhile and that life is sometimes hard but they can learn from the difficulties."
If I ran into you in the coffee shop, what might you say after reflecting on these two questions?
Cup of Leadership is...
a blog for people who lead children.
Deanne Bryce is a writer for young children and an advocate for personal leadership at all ages. This post is part of a series of posts where we engage in a virtual coffee chat. It is a chance for people who lead children to take a break and reflect on leadership strategies. In addition we get to virtually visit coffee shops around the world in order to gain a fresh perspective. Suggest a virtual visit or leadership topic by connecting on Facebook or Twitter.