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What price would you pay to save your kids?
If they were into drugs or porn or other life-destroying habits, what price would you pay? How much would be too much?
Some parents who find themselves in a situation like that will spare no expense. They send their youth to rehab camps or programs, with a cost of $10,000 per month or more. No amount is too much if there is hope for helping your child.
Yet in many instances, these situations could have been prevented.
Our lives are busy. We have jobs, school, committees, extra-curricular activities. So each week during #fantasticfamilyfridays when we talk about putting in these puzzle pieces for developing a powerful family culture (the type of family culture that ensures your kids make good choices, even if you're not around), the response from many is "I'm just too busy."
But are you really?
Are you really too busy to do the little things that make a big difference? Are you too busy to bond? Are you too busy to prevent your kids from ruining their life? Because ultimately it comes down to the small, simple things you do together that build bonds and strengthen character.
Plug in the puzzle pieces
In a previous 'episode', we discussed how important it is to have that 'big picture' of what you want your family life to be like, and how you want your kids to turn out.
Then we talked about plugging in the different puzzle pieces that will eventually, one-by-one, complete the entire puzzle, or big picture.
Each week we've been expounding on each of those puzzle pieces. This week is another of those pieces.
As I mentioned before, we have the tendency to blow these things off, to think we're just too busy, and that these small things don't matter.
BUT THEY DO!
You've heard the quote,
Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." - Robert Brault
Doing the small things matters!
Creating the time, the space, the place to bond, connect and grow with your children is one of those small things that will make a big difference. It's one of those things that can make or break your relationship. It's one of those things that can prevent trouble and prepare your kids for their future -- a future filled with promise, success and fulfillment.
Developing your family culture, raising your children, and connecting with your kids has to be intentional. It can and will happen by default, but you won't be pleased with the results.
Drugs and alcohol are what happens when you operate on default. Teen pregnancy is what happens on default. And at the very least, the generational gap is widened, when you operate on default, instead of being deliberate and intentional when raising your kids.
Default is not what you want for your family.
Superficial, or Significant?
If you don't get this, then you're never going to have those deep, meaningful relationships with your kids. Instead your relationships will remain on the surface, superficial and lacking significance.
We go through the motions, schedule our planners and check off our lists -- but are we really connecting?
Unless you see the vision, and know what you're doing and why... well, it's all just going to be superficial.
Today's puzzle piece is an opportunity for you to create significance and meaning in your family interactions.
What is it, and how to do it?
Well, today you're just going to have to watch the video (and Greg's ranting 😉 ) to find out.
Please share your fantastic family experiences!
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