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Future Vision: Raise Free-Range Kids
How can you raise "free-range kids" toward building a greater future?
In this video, Seth tells us that one of the best ways to have a positive impact on the future of our world is to raise "free-range" kids -- kids who are encouraged to explore, solve problems, stand up for what they believe in, and ultimately, lead. Discover how you can help raise free-range kids through everyday decision-making, coaching and intention.
We need to start doing that when we're six and we need to start doing that when we're nine. It means the parents have to have their kids writing their poetry on blogs when they're eight years old and editing Wikipedia when they're 10, and leading discussion groups when they're 11 because that's how we learn to do it.
It means that when our kid comes home with an A and four Cs, we don't say, "You better bring those Cs up." We say, "How do you more of the A stuff? How do you get deeper into that thing that is already motivating you?" Because we're not trying to raise someone who's going to do well in the SAT and go to a famous college and get $250,000 in debt and then be unemployed. We're trying to find someone who cares about something, who cares enough to lean into it, to stand for what they are doing.
We don't have a shortage of well-rounded people. We have a shortage of people who will bleed for what they care about, who will say, "Follow me." And we get to do that when we raise free-range kids. When we push our kids not to get good grades, not to fit in, but to make a ruckus. It's harder as a parent and it's totally worth the journey.
Seth Godin is the author of 17 books that have been best-sellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. You might be familiar with his books Linchpin, Tribes, The Dipand Purple Cow.
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