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 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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