Future Vision: Raise Free-Range Kids

How can you raise "free-range kids" toward building a greater future?

Best-selling author, Seth Godin, discusses the importance of leadership in parenting -- one of the most influential roles we may ever have.

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.
Okay. So I wrote a free eBook that's been read four million times called "Stop Stealing Dreams." I hope people will read it. There's a video if you don't like to read. And I feel very strongly about this. And it's the parents' job, not the kid's job. We need to raise kids. We need to build schools that teach two things. Not memorization because anything worth memorizing is worth looking up. That in a world where Wikipedia is in your pocket, who cares what year the war of 1812 is? You can look it up. No, we need to teach two things: how to solve interesting problems, which means their problem where the answer cannot be looked up, and two, how to lead.

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

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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