Friday, April 11, 2008

The Impact of Attitudes

Since our family has two teenagers - attitudes have become a fairly hot topic at our home. As a mom, it takes some adjusting to see boys who were once so sweet and lovable, transforming into young men, embracing their own way into life's journey, not needing the nurturing aspect of a mommy, as much as they need encouragement, guidance and godly direction. Trouble is...something about the teenage brain, hormones, testosterone etc, they think they have it figured out already! So, since this is a fairly new path for me, I have discovered so far the following do NOT work: nagging, arguing or criticizing! And I have also learned that attitudes are contagious in a home. And...sometimes we must choose a good attitude over a not so good attitude. I found this quote that described it so well...
“Words can never adequately convey the incredible impact of our attitude toward life. The longer I live the more convinced I become that life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it. This may shock you. But I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude.” (Chuck Swindoll)
This quote inspired me to keep a good attitude going in our home. Our teenagers are in the process of learning how to survive real life... and a good attitude will be an asset for them forever.
Our boys are great boys and growing up so quickly into men of God. I purpose to respond to and embrace these years with a good attitude!


  1. I find that encouraging your children when they do something right or good makes a big difference in their attitudes. When they know they are appreciated, they want to be more pleasant. :)

  2. I absolutley love your site and it is SO encouraging! I left you a little something on my blog for you!


  3. Attitude is they key word from junior high on for our youngins. We too have two teenagers in our home right now. One saying I learned at a women's Bible study once was that a mother's attitude sets the thermostat in her home.

    The same can be said of teenagers.

    We share with our children that good grades AND a good attitude are expected. It is a learned behavior to be able to praise in a storm...we are training them early.

    I pray it sticks!

    Blessings, Joanne
    p.s. so glad you enjoyed the post on my children I wrote yesterday. Glad it gave you a chuckle.


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