It all started when…
Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories. -John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester
When a baby is about to be born there are Baby Basics courses, The Happy Baby Systems, “Baby-wise”, “What to Expect When You're Expecting,” and a million other educational opportunities to aid best parental decisions. However, after those first 6 months it is largely professed that all you have to do is love them. While an essential foundation, love doesn’t put them on the path to self-actualization, passion, creativity, or purpose.
Similarly, a common aphorism in Education proclaims that “parents are sending you the best they’ve got.” The idea being that the children are just difficult and there is nothing anyone could have done to change that. In our quest to protect everyone’s feelings we pretend that there is no wrong way to parent, despite the obvious absurdity of such a notion. There are extremely dysfunctional approaches and, while some children are simply more difficult, the broad issues this generation is seeing have far more to do with a failed parenting paradigm.
It is true. There are as many types of children as there are people. They are unique and respond uniquely. No one method of parenting will ever be the cure-all. This does not diminish that there are fundamental principles that underlie healthy development. There are fundamental values foundational to fulfilling lives. Unfortunately, the parenting norms and social trajectory of our time are creating entitlement, narcissism, frailty, and dependency while interfering with our children’s need to become competent, purpose-driven adults. Add to this the immense challenges of ever-present screens and the normalization of diets that virtually ensure a future of poor health and you have the perfect cocktail for perpetual dependency, victimhood, and depression. We are depriving a generation of the ability to develop into great people. The narratives of moral relativism has created a sense that all parenting decisions are equal as long as the parent loves their child. This could not be further from the truth. It may all start with love, but that love becomes the source of indoctrinated dependency and helplessness if it is not tempered with an understanding of the human needs for fulfillment.
The Consequences are Everywhere
Annual Drug Overdose Deaths, which prior to 2000 never reached 20,000, have climbed steadily reaching 64,000 in 2016 (drugabuse.gov)
There’s been a 37% increase in teen depression and a 200% increase in suicides for 10-14 year olds. (yourot)
There’s been a 60% increase in global suicides the past 45 years (WHO)
Harvard studies indicate that if current trends continue, more than 57% of today’s youth will be obese by age 35 (Harvard)
In 2017 life expectancy in the United States decreased for the second straight year. (National Center of Healthcare Statistics)
It is never too late to give your kids the tools for fulfillment, confidence, and self-actualization.
In this course you'll get:
- Over 3 hours of video content
- The Chore Chart Weekly Organizer Template
- The Purpose & Mission Worksheet
- Vivid scenario practices to apply new concepts
- Activity and exercises to create clarity in each principle
- Environment vs. Human Needs
- Clarity in Values and Brand
- Clarity in Parenting Attitudes
- Responsibilities and Boundaries of Parent and Child
- Promoting Lifelong Health
- Raising Mentally Healthy Kids in the Age of Digital Distraction
- Creating Heuristics to Drive Purpose and Clarify Action
By the end of this course you will have:
Created a Brand that simplifies attitudes and behaviors
Clear vision and a plan of action to help mold children that become admirable, capable, ethical, and passionate adults!
Built clear values, structures, and communication strategies to help you create the best people possible.
Strategies to ensure respect, academic interest, inclination to learn, health, autonomy, essential financial attitudes, problem-solving, and doing the right thing when it is hard
Identified the foundational needs and characteristics of fulfilled humans capable of thriving long-term. We'll identify common environmental pitfalls and the unhealthy patterns within the modern parenting paradigm.
Created accountability systems that work and promote a sense of discipline with freedom and flow