Today I want to spotlight the little FarmHER on the farm. Campbell like her mamma gets and expects no special treatment when it comes to responsibility on the farm. My dad always taught my sister and I to do everything he and the boys did. Campbell and her little brother are the future of not only agriculture but of our great Nation. Each day I watch the news, I become more assured that children in rural America and those involved in many of the fabulous youth organizations are destined to be leaders. Our children in fact really have no choice other than to set examples and be the future. We need to empower our children to have strength, positive attitudes and confidence when there are hard times. Most importantly we need to empower them to be themselves and stand up for what is right even when not popular. The little farm girl will be in middle school next year (how is this possible?). I have noticed this year that she is very aware of what others think and how others behave and treat people. Is my child perfect? Absolutely not, far from it. I think that these years are crucial to shape her and mold her to be Christ like and not necessarily cool. I need to remind and redirect her when I see and hear things that are not how I expect her to react or behave. Be inclusive not exclusive, be encouraging to friends and build them up not pick them apart.
In a world full of tragedy and hate, choose to teach your children respect for teachers, adults and our laws. Teach them kindness even when there are children who try to diminish their positive attitudes. Teach your children to stand up for others and what is right even if it is not cool or popular. Instead of getting discouraged about the negativity happening in this world, take time to notice all the good that is happening right around us. I am Grateful I am Thankful and I am Truly Blessed even when I think our world is a mess.