Positive thinking has been a bit of a taboo for some and a cure-all for others. Here are a few balanced thoughts of caution…AND…why positive thinking can make a real difference for your kids.




Dr. Lybrand and his wife (Jody) of 40 years homeschooled their 5 children from birth to college, where they all excelled in academics and community (University of Texas & Abilene Christian). Dr. & Mrs. Lybrand have combined degrees of 2 BA's, 2 Masters, and 1 Doctorate), Fred and Jody have stuck with their faith and their obsession with practical learning. As a result, the overall theme of "Teaching Them to Learn How to Learn" invades everything they offer. Dr. Lybrand pastored for 25 years and currently coaches, consults, and trains leaders in businesses, churches, and non-profits. Among his client list are the U.S. Air Force, CRU, Be Broken, Continental Resources, State Farm Insurance, and Pioneer Natural Resources. Of course, one of his favorite interests is helping homeschoolers excel, and he does so with the 10 Courses of The Independent Homeschooer Curriculum & directly mentoring parents who belong to the tribe. Dr. Fred Ray Lybrand Jr. www.fredraylybrand.com

    2 replies to "Is Positive Thinking a Real Thing to Teach Our Kids?"

    • Jason Wozniak

      Hi Fred,
      I think your discussion is a good start. Can you think of any scriptures that you might use as a foil to bring out your points? Perhaps Paul’s “thorn of the flesh”, David & Goliath, Daniel, Nehemiah. How might positive thinking or negative thinking affected their journeys? How does forgiveness fit in? How might the call to be saved be affected?

      Also do you think there is anything in “My ways are higher ways, my thoughts are higher thoughts” from Isaiah.

      I took a weekend seminar called the LandMark Forum and at the end of the weekend there is a big conclusion about life and what we “place meaning on”, events that happen to us, things we do, and especially the things we say to ourselves, such as “I am unloveable” or “I’m not worth it” or “I don’t need you”…

      • Fred Ray Lybrand

        I am a little familiar with landmark, and that’s in the right direction. Philippians 4:8 comes to mind:

        Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right,
        whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent
        or praiseworthy—think about such things.

        It’s hard to not be positive as a fruit of this activity 🙂

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