The Powerful Word of the Month is…responsibility! I love this word– and what a great time of year to discuss it.  Homework is in full thrust and summer, at least in this area of the world, is most definitely behind us.  It’s nose to the grindstone time.

Or it should be.  There are enough distractions these days to drive our children and teens (oh yes, and us too) right off course.  This month we need to reiterate our goals, set our plans, take responsibility for the things we committed to– and be accountable when things go wrong.

I’m on board too. As many of you know, my book, Good Girls Don’t Get Fat: How Weight Obsession Is Messing Up Girls & How We Can Help Them Thrive Despite It, was released October 1 and it embodies a two main goals of mine. (1) I’ve always wanted to write a book and see it through to the end. (2) I want to get the message out to the world that young people are assets to be developed, not deficits to be managed. This book is one way I can do that. If you want to know more about the book, you can watch this powerful 4 minute video or you can go directly to the book website.

What are your goals this month? How do you take responsibility for your goals and dreams? How can we encourage our children to do the same?

Responsibility Quotes:

“Powerful leaders take responsibility. They know there is no ‘I’ in team and they also remember that there is ‘me’ in blame.” — Dr. Robyn Silverman

“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.” — Jim Rohn

“If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.” — Abigail Van Buren

“It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.” — Josiah Charles Stamp

“If we can only stop thinking of children as individual property and think of them as the next generation, then we can realize we all have a role to play.” — Charlotte Davis Kasl, Finding Joy (1994)

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