It was graduation week for so many high school seniors this week. Albeit a very different kind of graduation from the traditional ones we are used to, (2020 high school seniors rock…I love seeing all the many creative ways people are figuring out to celebrate in unique ways…especially my niece Ana…GO ANA!). But celebrations or not, those seniors are getting ready to head out into the world.
So I figured it was a pretty appropriate time for another one of my friends-who-I-have-never-met-in-person, Kristen Duke, to post the podcast we recorded about my top five things to give our kids before they grow up and spread their wings.
We talked about
1) giving kids a sense of self,
2) teaching and modeling kindness,
3) teach them how to deal with money (saving and giving along with budgeting),
4) help them gain a strong work ethic, and
5) encourage them to “get in the arena.”
Loved talking to Kristen, she is a pretty awesome person, and we actually talked about a lot more than just those five things, especially at the end, but that gives you an idea 🙂
Kristen’s blog post about our little chat and a link to listen is HERE. (She is pretty awesome, and has put a LOT of thought into raising teenagers…has done a lot of podcasts that are so good…check them out HERE.)
You can also listen to it here:
Here are some links to things we talked about for easy reference:
Click HERE to read about our money system I refer to in the podcast (talking to kids about money).
Work…click HERE to read about our handy-dandy pie chart I quickly mentioned (that probably a million other moms have utilized in all different ways…definitely not my idea but a pretty good one!).
And I mention this, one of my favorite parenting books too, when I talk about helping kids find their own sense of self: How to Talk so Kids will Listen, and Listen so Kids will Talk.
Thank you, Kristen, for having me!
So there you go, some Memorial Day weekend thoughts from me, and Kristen too! (Thanks so much for having me, Kristen!…and by the way, how in the world is it Memorial Day? Does it seem to anyone else that it should really be the end of summer right now, not the beginning? Such a strange time right now.)
Sending love out from our house to yours!