Sawyer (9) and I getting some WORK DONE on a beautiful sunny morning!
I have four kids. Maggie, Owen, Sawyer, and Mercedes. As an entrepreneur, I work from home. Well not actually home I suppose; I work from home, or a hotel, or a coffee shop, or an office, or a client’s boardroom, or a campground or a hammock in the woods. Kind of anywhere and everywhere. My kids are homeschooled. My wife Alice does an incredible job teaching these little buzzards every day.
The amazing thing I have discovered about education and specifically the education of my kids is what’s really important to teach them.
Think about all the worthless crap you learned growing up in school. Think about all the things you WISH you would have been taught when you found yourself in the real world one day.
This “real life” knowledge is so valuable, and 100% MISSED by the school system.
So I work with them, I try and involve them everywhere I can. I try to take them with me to meetings, I try to share with them contracts, business deals, and all the various aspects of what I’m working on.
Does this take extra time? You bet your sweet bippy it does. It takes a LOT of extra time. Is it worth it? Um yea, it’s absolutely totally and completely worth it.
My two older kids work with me every day. I make them, they don’t hate it, but they don’t love it either. I make them do it anyway.
The work with me for several hours, doing everything from market research to graphic design. They are learning. Learning what it means to do business ethically, what it means to world hard on something even when you’re discouraged. They are also learning the most practical and important skill of all, how to learn. I don’t make it easy, sometimes, I tell them I’m not going to help them with something I’m just going to let them figure it out on their own, force them to learn how to learn.
Sawyer is my youngest son, he’s not even ten yet, but he has a lot of questions, a lot of ambition, and it’s up to me to make sure that as he gets older, he learns how to use those gifts to make a positive difference. Yea, it does take extra time, yea, it is hard work, and sometimes it’s downright frustrating to try and actually “work” with a little kid. At the end of the day though, the ROI of investing in those kiddos can never be matched.
There is nothing that I could do with that time that would be more efficient long term and have more returns long term, than spending that time investing into these small guys.
Not only that, but ya know what, I learn a lot myself through the process. It’s amazing what a 7 year old can teach you through their questions and innocent understanding of the world. It’s refreshing!
Find time to invest in yours.
Inspiration from the Instagram post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BP8Ib-tAAKc/?taken-by=chrisbehnke
Sawyer and I are just cranking this morning!
You know those times when it’s just working, it’s just flowing. I love that!
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