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!