January 12 Newsletter 

Hi there,

By now you know that Birth2Work is your team for developing your family-leadership skills. We help parents and grandparents, like you, to identify your family’s long-term goals and create a strategy to achieve them.

Today, we want to share with you the three reasons why you should make the long-term goal of getting your kids out of the house your primary goal as a parent!

More importantly, today we will be helping you to make a solid decision of whether you want to launch those kids successfully into the world.

The thing is, family leadership is a concept not everyone may be ready for. That’s the truth.

Being a leader of any group (including your family) means:

  • identifying the strengths and weaknesses in your team
  • setting goals for individuals and the team as a whole
  • developing and regularly reviewing the strategies for getting there

The leadership mindset is one that not every parent may be ready to take on. 

It’s going to take a little more work on your part but it's worth it. Are you ready?

 

3 Reasons Why Family Leadership Matters Most


There are literally thousands of books, blogs, and talks on how to achieve success and happiness. But here we've distilled down the three main reasons why focusing on giving your children the confidence and capability to (eventually) live on their own should be your main goal as a parent. And it’s not what you imagine!

  1. Happiness is not an end goal. We’ve met a lot of well-meaning parents and grandparents along this journey who said they “just wanted their kids to be happy."

    Happiness is a state of being. It’s a result of overcoming challenges, achieving goals, and engaging in fulfilling human interactions in an ongoing basis.

    Happiness can always be reached when you have the tools to ensure your basic necessities are met (home, food, friendships, basic level of income.)
  1. Professional success is relative. What an individual finds joy in and finds value doing can be a galaxy away from what another does.

    Your job as a parent is not to define success for your child. You cannot determine the check marks of success (e.g., money, fame) that, you think, will make them happy.

    Your job IS, however, to teach them the tools for self-reflection and goal setting and overcoming failure so that they may set a path to success of their own design.
  1. Your window of influence is limited. You’ve only got from the time they are born to the time they go off to work or school … roughly 18 years … to set them up for their entire lifetime. 

    No one learns how to do something because they turn a certain age! Just like turning 1 year old does not mean your child suddenly knows how to walk, turning 25 does not mean your child suddenly knows anything about how to rent a car.

    You must provide the experiences, engagement, and the environments for your child to garner new knowledge, attempt, fail, and recover in order to find their own resolve and, likely too, their happiness.

Do any of these reasons resonate with you?

Perhaps you now realize that family leadership isn’t for you, and that’s okay. But if you believe that your job is to mentor, guide, and infuse your children with capability and confidence to be their own people in this world, then we're here to walk this journey with you!

 

Let Us Know


... why are YOU interested in family leadership? What experiences and environments would you like to give your children in order to set them up for success as adults?

It's not a coincidence that you are here. Hit reply and let us know …

Cheers,

The Birth2Work Family

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