November 17th, 2012 // 1:59 pm @ Dan Dement
In response to requests from Chief Parent Officers for an easy way to share the Junior Chiefs youth success coaching program with friends and family, we’re posting the introduction segment of our Chief Me Officer Foundations video workshop to our Blog. If you know families who can benefit from Chief Parenting, please share a link to this Blog page.
Then, all they’ll have to do is click on the video player below and see firsthand how Chief Parenting empowers our kids to achieve sustainable success and happiness – of their own choosing!
Hope this helps.
As always, have a fantastic Chief Parenting day!
November 12th, 2012 // 8:57 am @ Dan Dement
Think your child won’t have competition from other kids around the world who are using the Internet to gain a competitive edge in pursuing success and happiness?
Reason.com just posted an insightful video interview with Salman Khan of Khan Academy and author of the new book, The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined.
“There’s a lot more demand for people who want to just improve themselves than anyone would have guessed,” says Khan.
To ensure our kids have a competitive edge, we not only need to utilize distance learning resources to tutor them in subjects like algebra and chemistry, but we also need to educate them on the best practices for applying those skills toward fulfilling and rewarding lives.
Tell us what you think.
As always, have a Chief Parenting day!
November 4th, 2012 // 10:38 am @ Dan Dement
Regardless of this coming week’s election results, the fact remains that our kids face uncharted waters in pursuit of their own success and happiness. Alina Tugend penned an eye-opening opinion piece in the New York Times this weekend addressing “A New Reality About What a Family Can Really Afford.”
While her article mainly deals with the challenges today’s youth - and their parents – face regarding higher education options, it’s a clear reminder that our kids will have to navigate a world much, MUCH different than what we were thrust into as young adults.
While reading this article, think of how these higher education issues are undeniably tied to other issues our kids will face regarding economic prosperity, upward mobility and building a life for their own future children – yes, your grandkids!
Regardless of the spin some politicians and certain media outlets would like you to believe, the challenges we face simply cannot be solved by red/blue, Democrat/Republican, conservative/liberal ideology. Real solutions to the daunting problems of today – as well as the more frightening problems we see in our future – begin with the realization that our challenges transcend partisan politics. While that realization might seem impossible to achieve given today’s current political climate, as parents, we can at least begin to make such a transformation with our own children at home.
If the world our kids look most probable to inherit is one of great challenges and uncertainty, let’s do everything we can to equip them with the reason and courage necessary to achieve the solutions we were unable to achieve ourselves.
Here’s to Chief Parenting our own kids towards fulfilling lives.
September 3rd, 2012 // 8:05 am @ Dan Dement
Feedback was loud and clear . . . Chief Parenting coaches can’t possibly be everywhere they’re needed when they’re needed!
We’ve taken the popular Junior Chiefs workshops that used to be taught in physical locations such as classrooms and the homes of our CMomOs, CDadOs and CMeOs and made them available online to review at your convenience.
And the best part…the first step – more than 3 hours of bonded learning for you and your child – is absolutely Free!
See how your child can take the first steps toward achieving sustainable success and happiness here.
We look forward to sharing in your child’s journey to personal and professional success.
Have a wonderful Chief Parenting day!
August 4th, 2012 // 7:50 am @ Dan Dement
We’ve redesigned our exclusive Chief Mom Officer, Chief Dad Officer and Chief Me Officer Ts – and your official Chief Parenting and Junior Chiefs gear can now be secured through our new online store!
CP and JC title-wear items make great gifts . . . and we even have the official titles for the Chief Grandmas and Chief Grandpas in your life.
July 31st, 2012 // 3:29 pm @ Dan Dement
A great tribute to one of my heroes by the Wall Street Journal‘s Stephen Moore: The Man Who Saved Capitalism.
June 14th, 2012 // 9:37 pm @ Dan Dement
From ABC News:
Having kids is expensive, as if parents needed to be told that. But the US government issued a report today quantifying just how expensive: For a child born now, it will cost an average of $234,900 to raise them, and that’s just to age 18.
Eeeks!!! All the more important to maximize Return on Investment (ROI) in your child’s success and happiness. Looks like Chief Parenting is becoming a stronger youth success investment strategy with each passing year.
Have you enrolled your child in Junior Chiefs yet?
May 22nd, 2012 // 8:56 pm @ Dan Dement
Stories like Forbes magazine’s recent “How To Make $1 Million Before You Graduate” get me excited about Chief Parenting’s role in the 21st century.
Now, I know a few of the featured teen-moguls achieved their initial success during the Internet boom of the late 90s—feats that might not be achievable in the current economy. But there’s even a lesson to be learned in just that. These kids capitalized on their given situation. They fully understood the old saying, “Success happens where preparedness meets opportunity.”
Regardless, the full story and all 15 profiles are worth your read; though, I do want to give special props to two featured “wunderkinds.”
First, Cameron Johnson. I’ve seen him interviewed on a couple of TV shows over the past couple of years. He was even part of Oprah’s Big Give. This kid is impressive! While it’s easy to read into some of the featured examples “oh, they’re from well-to-do families,” Cameron’s model could be replicated by a determined teen from just about any social economic status.
Cameron started his entrepreneurial quest by selling holiday party invitation cards he made at home with Photoshop for his parents and their friends hosted. Even if a kid didn’t have Photoshop or a computer a home, one could most likely be found at a local school or community center. Cameron used the money made from selling holiday cards to buy and sell Beanie Babies (remember those?!) via eBay. He made $50,000. More start-ups and several books later…well, you’ll see from the Forbes article, this young man (now 26) is well on his way to being a prominent American success story. Lesson learned from Cameron: One step at a time will get you to your dreams.
Second is Ian Purkayastha. This prop will be short as I don’t know as much about the now 18 year old. Bottom line: HE LAUNCHED A TRUFFLE IMPORT BUSINESS AT 15!!! What?!!!! How many 15 year olds do you know who can accurately tell you what a truffle is? Candy truffles don’t count! Simply because this kid recognized a golden opportunity based on his family truffle-hunting outings, he’s raking in close to $1 million a year and is opening the first truffle orchard in the U.S. I’ll admit, I’ve never had a truffle – again, candy ones don’t count. But something tells me that many Americans, like myself, might just be getting their first taste of this fancy fungi from Ian in the not too distant future.
Bottom line, our kids have the potential to realize their dreams from an earlier age than most parents would typically recognize. It’s our jobs as parents to foster their strengths, encourage their endeavors and empower our kids to become CEO of their own, unique Me, Inc.
Have a great Chief Parenting day!
April 16th, 2012 // 6:00 pm @ Dan Dement
Simple thought for today from an author, poet, abolitionist, naturalist, historian, philosopher and leading transcendentalist who promoted the virtue of simplicity:
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.
- Henry David Thoreau
For me, “confidently” is the key word here. We need to not only instill confidence in our kids, but also teach them how to find confidence within themselves when the going gets tough.
IMO, maintaining confidence in their self worth, their abilities and their values is critical if we are to keep them on the path toward achieving personal and professional success.
How can we best teach our kids to be – and stay – confident? What lessons can you share with other parents about instilling confidence?
Final thought: As you watch professional sports teams compete, what role do you think confidence played in getting these players to where they are today?
Have a great Chief Parenting day!
March 14th, 2012 // 5:36 pm @ Dan Dement
Today, I wanted to share a simple, yet crucial, bit of insight from one of the 20th century’s most often emulated personal development experts, Earl Nightingale:
People with goals succeed because they know where they are going. It’s as simple as that.
Nightingale rose to prominence with his 1956 audio recording of “The Strangest Secret.” The recording quickly achieved “gold” sales status and was eventually re-recorded as a television special. Yet, because his time was before the likes of Oprah, Tony Robbins and The Secret, Nightingale’s place among personal development experts is not as well known by the general public. And IMO, that’s a shame.
I’ve included links to the best quality free version of Nightingale’s television special I could find, so that you can hear from the man, himself, what I think to be the most accurate assessment of what makes someone “successful” in life.
Now, besides the obvious old school references (Remember, this was the 1950s. Some will make you laugh or maybe even cringe. I’m almost positive you’ll be forgiving of the times after watching the full segment), I would say just about every ounce of Nightingale’s logic applies today. In my opinion, books such as The Secret and others like it are simple regurgitations (dare I say bastardizations?) of Nightingale’s wisdom by aspiring self-help “gurus” — wisdom Nightingale never claims to have originated, but rather attributes to acquiring based on examples he observed in others who came before him.
After watching “The Strangest Secret,” share with us your thoughts as to how our kids could best be served by introducing them to Nightingale’s observations and advice regarding how to achieve one’s desired level of success. Share the clips with other parents you know whose kids might benefit from Nightingale’s insights, too. We are interested in hearing what they think as well.
As always, have a great Chief Parenting day!