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The Demand to Improve One’s Self

November 12th, 2012 // 8:57 am @

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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!

Dan Dement

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The Reality of Your Child’s Future

November 4th, 2012 // 10:38 am @

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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.

Dan Dement

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New Chief Parenting Store is Open!

August 4th, 2012 // 7:50 am @

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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.

 

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Happy 100th Birthday Milton Friedman!

July 31st, 2012 // 3:29 pm @

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A great tribute to one of my heroes by the Wall Street Journal‘s Stephen Moore: The Man Who Saved Capitalism.

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Cost of Rearing a Child Rises to $234,000

June 14th, 2012 // 9:37 pm @

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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?

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Real-World Junior Chiefs

May 22nd, 2012 // 8:56 pm @

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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!

Dan Dement

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Can Confidence Make Dreams Come True?

April 16th, 2012 // 6:00 pm @

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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

 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!

Dan Dement

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To What Extreme for Your Child?

February 24th, 2012 // 8:53 pm @

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A recent CNN article titled, “Going to extreme measures for child athletes,” spotlights a 14-year-old aspiring football player whose parents are spending $50,000 to send him half-way across the country to attend an elite athletic training program.

I have no problem with families who chose to take pursuing their children’s dreams to this level – provided, of course, that the child isn’t being forced into the pursuit.  Such “extremes” can be seen in other areas of interest, too; such as music, where parents spend high sums of money on top quality instruments and lessons from revered instructors to give their kids an edge on the competition.

While being careful not to push our kids toward the brink of “burn-out,” I see such high levels of parental support and involvement as key to reaching the pinnacle of a young adult’s chosen future profession.  But shouldn’t we be considering this kind of parental investment in our children’s personal and professional success beyond the realms of sports and music, where so few make it to the top?

According to one such elite athletic training program provider, the odds of a high school football athlete reaching “the pros” is a mere .09%.  The odds only rise to 2% for “going pro” if he (assuming child is male – please don’t be offended if your daughter plays football) makes it from high school onto an NCAA team—for which there is only a 5.8% chance in even doing that!

Wouldn’t our kids be better served if we point them in the direction of more plausible and in-demand career fields, where their core strengths and values could be applied?  I mean, what happens to this 14-year-old if he gets a Joe Theismann-like career ending injury at the high school or college level?  No pro-career, that’s what!  At least not playing; though, many parents will point to coaching as always an option.

Fair enough.  But what chance does a high school senior star who never makes it to college level sports have at a high level coaching career?   And given the low odds of making it as a professional athlete, wouldn’t that kid be better off having attended some sort of youth leadership development program in conjunction with a slightly lesser amount of strictly athletic training?

IMIO, the realities behind this story should promote discussion supporting youth “performance training” in fields more vital to a nation’s economic future, say in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields or promoting free enterprise.

Definitely some food for thought. We’re interested to hear what you think. So, let us know.

As always, have a great Chief Parenting day!

Dan Dement

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Does Your Kid Stink? Make it Your Business.

January 19th, 2012 // 7:00 am @

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Hats-off to the tail-busing moms featured in Entrepreneur magazine’s “The Mommy Market.”

My favorite is Skunkies (see #7):

While driving her boys to a soccer tournament, the smell in the car from the sports gear was so bad that stay-at-home mom Jill Levin knew she had to find a solution.

Just goes to show inspiration for a new business idea can come from just about anywhere – especially, from within the minds of observant and creative parents.   Any of these mommy businesses meet a need of yours?  Any of them spark a new idea?

Have a great Chief Parenting day!

Dan Dement

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What Might Be?

November 21st, 2011 // 10:31 pm @

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I was recently at a marketing & leadership work summit in Chicago when a particular quote used by our motivational session speaker piqued my interest:

“The single biggest reason companies fail is they over invest in what is, as opposed to what might be.” – Gary Hamel

As soon as I returned home, I sought out to see what more I could find on this guy Hamel.  Come to find, he’s someone whom I’m quite surprised I am just now discovering.  The Wall Street Journal recently ranked Gary Hamel as the world’s most influential business thinker, and Fortune magazine has called him “the world’s leading expert on business strategy.” For the last three years, Hamel has also topped Executive Excellence magazine’s annual ranking of the most sought after management speakers.

You can read more about Hamel at his website. I simply don’t yet know enough about him to really tout my personal opinion of the man, per se, or his books (though I’m guessing one will find its way to my “must read” list shortly).  However, back to that intriguing quote.  My search effort found what might be the impetus of the aforementioned quote.  The final paragraph of the first chapter in his book, The Future of Management (Harvard Business School Press, 2007), reads:

…true innovators are never bound by what is; instead they dream of what could be.  Hence the goal of this book:  to help you and your colleagues first imagine, and then invent, the future of management.

Remember  Thoreau’s, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams!  Live the life you’ve imagined,” from a previous post?  As parents, we must remember to not bind our kids by limiting their options to just what is when it comes to investing in their future success.  We need to help them see what could be.  What dreams they can accomplish if they apply themselves relentlessly as almost every innovating pioneer was required to do before them.  Did Edison, Ford, Pasteur or Zuckerberg (ya, I said it!) limit themselves to what is?

How can we, as parents, get our children to think past what is and focus more of their thoughts, energy and effort toward what could be?

Now, for me, I’m off to read more about Gary Hamel.  Something tells me we’ll be applying more of his insight and wisdom toward Chief Parenting in the not too distant future.

Have a great Chief Parenting day!

Dan Dement

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