Parentpreneur Secrets… Is Your Child Your #1 Fan?

Is this video precious? This is soooo unscripted! Our 8-year old Garrett and I have a “tradition” of going out on a “date” 2x a week after school… whether it’s just a small picnic at Huntington Beach Central Park, the library, a short stroll at the beach or just a quick drive through or Starbucks run! We always make it a point to do something after school.

Yesterday, we were heading home from taking a walk at Central Park, he borrowed my iPhone and started filming himself! I was so surprised that I just let him go for it! What was so funny for me is that he absolutely mirrors the things I do… he sees me hold my iPhone or pocket camera with one hand as I create my videos and now, he too does the same!

Garrett truly understands what I do for a living as he sees my passion for it. However, he also knows that my priority is family. It’s not the quantity of time I spend with him but it’s the quality…

What sparked this blog post was when I saw this video and how Garrett truly is my Number #1 Fan! The awesome thing is that he’s the same way with his Dad… he calls Gary his “hero”. They have a truly special relationship!

As parents, it’s so rewarding to hear our children rave about us! I know that’s how I felt when Garrett started talking about me… (You could probably hear me laugh my heart out on the video!) There’s no feeling like it!

Emma Tiebens The Relational Marketer and Garrett Tiebens Gemstone Kid

Emma Tiebens and 8-yr old Garrett Tiebens at Joel Bauer Passion 2 Profit Event

I am not saying Garrett is “perfect” as he definitely has his moments of defiance and constantly testing Mommy and Daddy on how much stuff he can get away with. Yes, he has been disciplined and experienced consequences for his choices but most of the time, he truly is a gem!

So, I thought I’d share with you my “Top 10 Parentpreneur Secrets on How To Have Your Children As Your Number #1 Fans!”

1) Carve out time for them – go on “dates”.
2) Always make them feel important by LISTENING to their stories (even if you’ve heard it 1000 times!
3) Laugh and be silly with them – give them lots of hugs!
4) Let them understand the nature of your work and how what you do positively impacts others.
5) Invite them to live meetings or seminars where children are allowed.
6) As much as possible, don’t argue w/ your spouse in front of them.
7) Tell them “I love you…” often at the least expected times.
8) Share with them about God’s love and how honoring and respecting parents is high on His list.
9) Discipline is not just about spanking but asking, hearing and understanding why they did what they did.
10) Making dinner time “sacred” – a time where family gets to talk and share!

I don’t have any degrees in psychology or family counseling but I am sharing what has worked for me and my family.

I would love to hear your parenting secrets, tips and traditions! Please share on the comments below…

Cheering You On To Your Success!

Emma πŸ˜‰

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8 thoughts on “Parentpreneur Secrets… Is Your Child Your #1 Fan?

  1. Oh Emma, Garrett is a GEM! I so enjoyed the movie. I wish you did not live so far from me. It would be fun hanging out! So positive and so joyous! Enjoy your weekend!

    Love your blog layout. I’m working on a new one and it’s not quite as clean and light as this one! I may change themes!

    Roz
    @SayItWithEcards

  2. Hello Roz!
    How are you? Thanks so much for your kind words and for sharing this post on FB… yes, I too wish you were just right here… we’re going to have all kinds of fun with video!

    God bless you my Friend… keep me posted on the progress with “StockArtWithHeart.com”

    Big Hugs!

    Emma πŸ˜‰

  3. Hi Chris!
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment… yes, would love to see you and get to know you and your friends from time to time so do drop by!

    My Best Regards,

    Emma πŸ˜‰

  4. Dean, my dearest Dean!

    It’s always sooo great to see you! Thank you for all your support! I have missed you… what have you been up to? Yes, being a Parentpreneur is the best of both worlds! It’s so awesome to be able to “teach a child the way they should go and when they are old they will not turn from it…” and be an entrepreneur, empowering other entrepreneur so they too can do the same! How is Better Networker?
    Stay in touch my Friend! Blessings to you always!

    Hugs,

    Emma πŸ˜‰

  5. Absolutely precious. My boys are WAAAYYY past that tender age (20 & 23), but this brought back so many memories. And I agree with you. You MUST crave out time for your kids and develop trusting relationships. My boys and I are VERY close. They’ve been taught they can come to me with “anything” and believe me, they have. And I’m quite pleased to report that I didn’t get all prudish and skirt around the answer. No sirree. Not this “hip” Mom. (LOL, am I telling my age using the word hip?) I’m going to take your advice and invite my boys to a seminar. They’ve ALWAYS supported anything I’m involved in, but I’d like for them to hear about what I’m doing from the masters. You never know. It might spark an interest. And wouldn’t that be something.

  6. Hi Jeanette! I can tell you are a “hip” Mom! Yes, it’s so important to have our children understand what we do early on and to let them know that they are no in “competition” with work that they are more important than work. If they see us spending quality time with them and creating that boundary that when it’s work, it’s work and when it’s Mommy time with them, it’s sacred, then it creates confidence in them that is immeasurable! Thanks for chiming in and looking forward to getting to know you more! Big Hugs! Emma πŸ˜‰