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The most important job you’ll ever have is parenting. To parent well, you need to know what your kids are thinking. If their thinking is crooked, their character will be too. Let’s see how to straighten crooked thinking by viewing its power to create character.

Thinking Creates Character:
1. Thinking sways feelings.
2. Feelings sway behavior.
3. Thinking, feelings, and behavior create character

My toastmaster friend, Mike, presented a contest talk entitled “The Invisible Box.” With his arms extended, he drew an imaginary box about 7’ high and 3’ wide. Next he stepped inside and shut its invisible door. Mike said that too many people live inside their invisible boxes. How does this apply to your kids?

1. The invisible box is the place where they nurse their hurts and grudges.
2. The invisible box is the place where their negative attitudes fester.
3. The invisible box is the place where they make multiple excuses and hide.

Could this already be happening in your child’s mind? Certainly! What can you do? Listen for words like:

• Nobody likes me.
• I can’t do it.
• It’s too hard.

Suppose your child tried to make the select soccer team. Your child’s best friends made the team but the coach didn’t choose your child. Now your child shuts down, won’t go out to play, and steps into the invisible box. What can you do?


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