We had a lively and engaging video conference on Thursday, February 7 with the Colonial Parent Launch Team. Thanks to all who participated (and to those who emailed) to share your experiences of the START process so far! Your input will help us all reach our collective goal of creating the best possible, school wide experience for the START Launch at Colonial on March 13!
For those of you who asked, look for an email with a link to the recording of the session.
Here’s a quick recap of the discussion:
- The Colonial parent community is experiencing all of the challenges highlighted in the TEDx Video and the START book. There is an increasing level of urgency and stress on the part of parents and students about how best to prepare to succeed in a highly competitive, rapidly changing world.
The push for our kids to do all & be all interferes with the ability to be well & do well
- Parents recognize the value of leadership approach in addressing these challenges to equip their kids with the tools they need to thrive and prosper, and as a result, are shifting their mindset and beginning to take action to foster leadership.
- Key Insights from the Parent Discussion
Parents recognize the processes of mapping a path to purpose (WIN) and leadership (START) as universally true and important. Now having the language to articulate them and the processes to take action has value in implementing them at home with family.
It’s essential to be intentional about getting our kids to think outside themselves, about the Needs in their community and where they can be of service (WIN Map)
When we do things for our kids that they’re capable of doing themselves, we undermine their belief in themselves and rob them of the opportunity to learn the skills they need to take the lead in their own lives.
Implementing a simple, Ready-For-Bed checklist to transfer responsibility for the work from parents to kids is proving to be effective Routine (START)
Informed and inspired by the evidence that happiness leads to success and not the other way around, a mom shared via email that she and her husband encouraged their high school aged son to take an elective rather than an additional math class this upcoming semester and reported that he’s so happy he’s going to actually be able to enjoy himself this term.
- Wrap Up: It’s a long term approach
This work is not all or nothing proposition. There’s a lot to do, and you’ll get better and better at it. Any steps you take – including the initial shift to understanding the importance of a leadership perspective – has value. Sometimes, implementing the work with your family starts with you doing the work first - to understand and embody it - so that you can model what you’re teaching to and reinforcing in your kids.
The work often requires that you free up some time and space and mind-share by phasing out some of the many activities you have going in your family. Over time, you’ll be more consistent and the approach will be more effective and along every step of the way, you’ll be equipping your kids with the leadership mindset and skill set they need to thrive and prosper.
Thanks again for jumping in on the work and for agreeing to provide feedback on the content and process. We look forward to hearing more about your experiences on the next call: February 21 at 7:30 pm.