Podcast Episode 61: Bringing Up Productive Humans

Podcast Episode 61: Bringing Up Productive Humans

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 61 of The New Family Podcast where we tackle the question of whether it’s possible to raise productive kids.

In this episode I speak with productivity and time management expert Mike Vardy. Mike is a writer, speaker, podcaster and founder of Productivityist, a resource that helps people get the right things done. Mike is the author of The Front Nine: How To Start The Year You Want Anytime You Want and The Productivityist Workbook. He has served as the Managing Editor at Lifehack, and contributed articles on productivity to 99u, Lifehacker, The Next Web, SUCCESS Magazine, and The Huffington Post. Mike is also a father of two and today we’re going to talk about whether it’s possible to raise productive kids and how to encourage goal setting early in life.

Here are some great resources related to my discussion with Mike.

Mike’s website Productivityist

Mike’s Book The Front Nine: How to Start the Year You Want Anytime You Want

The Productivityist Workbook

Mike’s blog

Mike’s podcast

Mike’s coaching services

Downloadable copy of Mike’s The NOW Year™ Method Basic Workflow

Episode 32: New Year’s Resolutions for Families PLUS How to Help Your Kids Avoid Procrastination

Mike’s Favourite Parenting Advice
“You know I don’t think it was intended to be parenting advice but it’s advice I’ve taken and applied to parenting. When I used to work for Costco I had a manager, and I went to him once complaining about a problem. He said, ‘If you’re going to come to me with a problem, come to me with a solution.’ I thought about that and every time afterwards, I’d come to him not just with a problem but with what I thought a solution would be. It wasn’t always the right solution, but it tempered me. It made me not think I was helpless. So that’s something I’ve taken to parenting. My kids know that if they’re going to come to me with a problem they’ve got to come to me with a solution. It may not always be the right solution. But it makes them think about it and it lessens the helplessness. They’re involved in the process. And it get them ready for when they’re out in the world and nobody is going to solve they’re problems for them—they’re going to need to do that on their own.”

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Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here. View all posts by