This is an excerpt from the full version of the video.
It talks about parenting with the end in mind by teaching your children to create their best lives possible while modeling it for your children while you create theirs.
In the midst of the daily grind, whether your children are young or old, we don’t always feel like what we’re doing matters and often it’s not very fulfilling.
But when we teach our children what’s most important – how to design, create and live their best lives – it brings meaning and purpose to us.
We know that we’re teaching them what’s most important because we’re parenting with the end in mind and teaching them how to live their best lives!
…. Basically, I created this definition of creating your best life years ago when I was parenting with the end in mind, and I’ve talked about that before. When I was trying to decide as a parent, because in the daily craziness of 4 young children and crying and screaming and everything, dishes and dinner and everything that needed to be done, I was like, “Oh, my gosh. I don’t feel like a good parent,” because I’m just running around from one thing to the next, so frustrated. It was overwhelming and there was really not a lot meaningful and purposeful other than just being with my children.
I discovered and said, “Okay. This is not what I love,” the cleaning up squashed peas and all of that. I loved being with my children but I didn’t love a lot of that, and without the meaning and purpose, I wasn’t finding a lot of happiness in those daily chores. What I decided is, okay. If I’m going to do this parenting thing, if I’m going to be home with my kids even while I’m running a business from home, I am going to parent with the end in mind. I‘m going to think what in the end is it that I want for my children, and that’s how I came up with this framework of creating your best life.
For me, because that’s what I’ve been doing as a student of personal development for 30 plus years … I took the original Tony Robbins course and I read everything and researched in parenting and business and personal development books. It’s my mission and passion. I knew that that’s what I had been doing. I didn’t define it as that, but that’s what I’ve been doing. It encompasses all of that personal development, all the best life lessons, everything I’ve been learning and doing, and I thought, gosh, people spend their entire lives learning this stuff. What if I could teach this to my children from day 1.
That’s what the end I wanted for my children was. I wanted them to design to live, to create and to live their best lives. That’s where I started, with the end in mind. I thought that’s what I’m doing for me, and that’s what I want to model for my children, and that’s what I want to teach them. No matter what else is going on on a daily basis that didn’t bring necessarily happiness, all the daily grind, that was bringing me meaning and purpose because that was my mission, my values. Just like an organization has one, I was parenting with the end in mind with the goal of inspiring, motivating, and empowering my children to design, create, and live their best lives.
That brought meaning and purpose, and that definition, that framework I came up with, living meaningful and purposeful lives filled with love, happiness, and fulfillment, doing everything you want to do, being everything you want to be, having everything you want to have based on what’s most important to you and growing as a person and as a human being, encompassed everything I could think of that I wanted for my children.
Now, specifically, what that means for me, for each of my children, and for you and yours is uniquely different to each and everyone of us. That’s why I created the framework and defined it like that because it’s unique to each of us. We have to figure out what it is for us, and we have to help our children figure out what it is for them. That’s our job as parents.
It’s fun, it’s exciting, and it also gives meaning and purpose despite everything that’s going on, especially if you’re a young mom and have young children, or maybe you’re not a young mom but you have young children, whatever the case may be. It gets past that daily grind because you know what you’re doing is most important.
Now, again, that’s the framework. What it is to you and to your children, and of course, when they’re two, it’s very different than when they’re 22. It grows and evolves with them. You can start as early as you want figuring that out, what your authentic self is, what you love, what you’re good at, who you love, being grateful. All of these best life lessons and character development is how I create, help my children create their best lives, and you can use it to help your children create their best lives. These character traits, the essential character traits … Garage is opening so someone’s coming home … and best life lessons.
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I hope you’ll check out the links below or head over to cherifogarty.com after the episode to learn more. I’d love to help you help your children design, create, and live their best lives possible.
Thank you so much for being here and for being a mom or a dad and for everything you do each and every day to be the best when you can be. It’s a hard job and I honor you for your commitment for doing it!
Remember, we can have happier and more grateful children. We can be happier and more grateful ourselves, and we can teach our children to create their best lives while we create ours. We change the world one child and one family at a time starting with our own.
Thank you so much for watching, and I’ll see you next time.
p.s. The first step in creating your best life, and teaching your children to create theirs, is making gratitude a habit in your home. It’s one of the essential character traits and the foundation for all others. With gratitude you can create your best life. Without it, you can’t.
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