Do you follow politics with your teen?

I know, I know, it’s certainly has its highs and (mostly) lows, but you really should be engaging with your teen in this area…for a very good reason:

We have a dearth of real leadership in our country these days!

No matter what your political persuasion, I think we can all agree with that statement, don’t you?

Don’t worry: I’m not about to get on a political soapbox here, and I’m certainly not going to tell you how to vote or who to vote for, or what side to be on for any particular issue. But I would encourage you to remember, as I keep reminding myself, that even though it looks like we’re leaving our children a messed-up future, it IS their future – and they have the power and potential ability to change it for the better…if they are prepared!

So, parents of teens, whether or not you homeschool, would you do me us all a favor?  Prepare your teen to be a leader!

How to Develop Leadership Skills in Your Teen

While I don't want you to shoulder complete responsibility for your teen's  future (you most likely give yourself enough grief),  there are simple steps you can take to get them started on the right track and become the future leaders they'll need!While I don’t want you to shoulder complete responsibility for your teen’s  future (you most likely give yourself enough grief),  there are simple steps you can take to get them started on the right track:

  • Encourage them to read – bookspreferably NOT on a Kindle – It’s not that I have anything against Kindles per se. But encouraging them to read “real” paper books, on topics that challenge them, will help them grow in ways that you may not even imagine. And paper books allow them to highlight, and underline, and make notes in the margins (yes, it’s ok to write in books if they’re yours), enabling them to make connections and engage fully with the content.
  • Follow, and discuss, politics with them – Who knows where the discussions may lead? But help them to see the moral and/or ethical issues often involved, and help them understand the difference between politics and leadership (yup, there IS a difference!). Show them the links between our lives and the effect our leaders have on it.
  • Try this Online Unit Study by the Techie Homeschool Mom, Beth Napoli. It’s a great introduction to elections and the political process as well.
All About Elections is an Online Unit Study that not only will help you navigate the election season with your student, but will give you the tools to get him or her started on developing their own leadership skills!
All About Elections is an Online Unit Study that not only will help you navigate the election season with your student, but will give you the tools to get him or her started on developing their own leadership skills!

 

  • Ensure they study civics and government and American history, maybe study them together. And ancient history is important, too: we get many of our political principles from the Greeks and Romans.
  • Also encourage them to keep up with current events. Use sites like CNN10 (a Student News channel) and ProCon.org to get the news in an age appropriate format.
  • Give them opportunities to lead – Whether it’s in a Scout/AHG troop, teaching a Sunday School class, or Student Council or Key Club, or organizing a summer business or extra-curricular group of their own choosing…  Often your local co-op will have some groups where this will be possible. Don’t succumb to the temptation to tell them how to lead, tho, or rescue them when they make a mistake, but be there to walk them through the lesson and help them learn how to bounce back up again.

Homeschool through high school is both possible and exciting! When the time comes, or even if you find yourself in that season now, use this guide to ensure this experience is enriching for both you and your child.Enjoy these other posts in Your Easy Guide to Homeschooling High School:

 

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