Raising ’em Right

May our sons in their youth be like full-grown plants, and our daughters like pillars destined to decorate a palace. Psalm 144:12 ISV

I remember going to the local rodeos when I was younger and I would see these little kids dressed up in their best wranglers, brushpopper shirt and little Stetson cowboy hats, and their Justin Boots. The Girls were not to be outdone, often dressed similar with a pop more of color and sometimes even a bow popping out from under their hat to hold back their long pony tails. They looks like tiny adults walking around. The more intriguing thing to me, is that most of them had better manners, could maintain eye contact and carry on an enjoyable conversation when most adults I had encountered could not do that. 

I often wondered what the difference was between city folks, and country folks were. Now, I realize I am using a broad generalization here but for the most part I came to some conclusions. Many times the country kids knew more than the city kids the importance of hard work and team work. They had chores, that the family relied on them to accomplish to keep things moving. The city folks might have chores, but the consequences for missing a chore wasn’t as strict in the city as it was in the country. The Country families had family dinner time, where it was not about racing through the meal, but instead it was about a time to connect and learn about each others hopes and dreams, and provide wisdom to the next generation. 

While both country and city kids were afforded countless opportunities to pursue their dreams it still relied on which ones embraced the opportunities that came their way. It also depended on which kids were mature enough to embrace the opportunities and not squander them. 

Now, I am not saying that all city kids are lacking anything, after all I was raised a city kid. However, I am recognizing that even though I was raised as a city kid the importance of the things that were instilled in me by sitting around the dinner table with my family, and doing chores. When the adults take the time to invest in their children, they afford them the opportunity to receive blessings for their future at a much younger age. They set them up to be the answer to prayer for a mom who is praying for their future son or daughter in law. 

Whether you live in the city or country, what are you doing today to fan the flames of your children’s hopes and dreams? 

Daily DIVAS Challenge: 

  1. Ask a young person about their hopes and dreams
  2. Listen to them intently
  3. Encourage them to Dream Big! 

About Angie Leigh Monroe

Angie Leigh Monroe is an International Speaker, Strategist, and Consultant whose expertise guides people to identify and obliterate obstacles. Her innovate approach will ALIGN you with strategic partnerships, ACTIVATE your purpose and CALIBRATE your potential to encounter even more opportunities. She a has founded: Angie Leigh Monroe, Inc is the parent company for her consulting and speaking business as well as her legacy projects. D.I.V.A.S. Impact - Empowers and Equips a global community of women change-agents making a positive impact in the world we live in. Veteran DIVAS – Which Empowers and Equips veteran women as they tackle the next big thing in their lives. Warrior DIVAS | Real Talk for Real Women Podcast - Dedicated to empowering and equipping women all across the globe to ensure each woman knows her worth and how to walk boldly and confidently in all areas of her life! A show for DIVAS who are defining their purpose, inspiring others, from a point of victory, and accountability as we build a strong, powerful sisterhood of women who are willing to be vulnerable in order to help another sister RISE! Angie is a native Texan, Navy veteran and Executive Director with the John Maxwell Team. This year she celebrates 27 years of marriage to her husband Michael who she met while in the Navy, they have 3 children and 2 grandchildren as well as several other bonus kids who call them family!