Creating Your Family Core Values: Strong Family Path Part 1 of 7

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Here we go. Welcome to the first episode of the Strong Family Podcast. I’m Joe. I’m here with my lovely wife, Mel, give you the very quick introduction so we can get to this first episode on Core. . So the Strong Family Podcast Unit can expect to see us twice a week, either on YouTube or on your podcast streaming platform of your choice.

We are doing this as a passion project. We’ll get into the why a little bit later on with different episodes. But if you can do us a favor and please share the episode, and if you enjoy it, put it into your life. And go ahead and tell us how it’s working for. , the foundation of the podcast is gonna be what’s we call the seven elements of the Strong Family Path.

We want to give you some actionable advice on how to lead your family. Yes, there’s gonna be some great tactics. Um, here’s some dinner conversation topic. Here’s some ideas. Here’s a little bit of this and that. The first seven, seven episodes are gonna be the foundation. These are the things we wanna refer back to.

If you want a free PDF of the Strong Family Path, do visit us on strong family You can put in your email, we’ll send you the outline of the Strong Family Path. It’s all listed on the website too. But the outline will include our notes and how we come to these elements. So without further ado, let’s get started.

I will give Mel a second to introduce herself and we get into the episode.

Hi, I’m Mel and uh, Joe and I are parents of three boys. Um, age is five, 11 and 13. And we’ve come to find these different parts of the path over time of being parents and going through life together, and we are just excited to share them and hopefully help some other families.

This is something I’ve been fortunate enough to do as part of my career, and I want to thank Malice. We get into the first episode that she’s coming out of her shell. And being willing to do this passion project. She’s found a lot of fire for the family as we’ve moved across the country and we’ve gotta start started with these three boys and establishing our core values and our family path, and it’s been really amazing to see her grow.

And I know it’s a comfort zone thing. If you can imagine, we’re sitting around a living room with lights shining in our eyes, three cameras pointing at us, and we’re both a little nervous to get started on episode one. Uh, however, Mel, very proud of you for jumping in and getting started. That being said, let’s give the listener something to bite into and let’s make that our core values.

So give us a little background on it, Mel. .

So basically we, we think about how companies have core values and they make decisions based on them, and they’re very well thought out in specific. And, you know, Joe being a business owner, we’ve discussed that before and it occurred to us that this could apply to families.

Um, oftentimes businesses are run a certain way and families might need a bit more structure and to set up values for your family can be really empowering. Allow your kids and even yourselves to figure out what’s most important for your family and where to put your focus.

Your family’s going to be probably the most important organization in your life if you look at other high performing organizations.

Mel mentioned organizational structure of companies, which is the nerd stuff that I love, where we talk about really diving in and creating high performing teams. Two actual sports teams and things like that. You see Notre Dame’s locker room with a play like a champion. That is their, their value statement that they slap when they go out to the field.

I found through business that I was spending too much time working on my business and not as much time working on my family. I was just kind of letting it happen. With that realization, we started to take the principles that worked well to set up the successful companies and other organizations, sports teams, to orchestras, to, um, the plays or any, anything where you want to take an organization and accomplish something.

We put tons of structure and effort into it, and we just assume our family’s going to happen. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that and time passes and we miss the opportunity. to really impact our kids’ lives. So we’ve started with one step of the strongest family, family path, which is going to be our core values.

Now, when I was in the business world, I would hear core values and I would kind of gloss over like I was gonna fall asleep because a lot of families had core, or a lot of families. A lot of companies have core values, but no one knows ’em and they don’t actually use them. So while we’ll talk. Why we’re establishing core values and how to establish core values.

The most important takeaway is they need to be integrated into your day-to-day life and your day-to-day vocabulary in how you celebrate victories with your family, and how you work on improving things in your family. It all has to filter through your core values. Mel, why don’t you give a little bit of the background on how we started creating our core values?

So we basically sat down, I think separately and took maybe a week or two and just wrote down a list of everything that we find important. Um, it could be, um, spiritual, it could be reading, it could be academics, it could be sports. It can literally be anything. Think about your entire day. Or your entire week or a year of life in your family, and what kind of things are really valuable to you?

It could be adventuring. It could be vacationing or spending time together, any of those things. Anything that’s important, even if it seems silly. Uh, included in the list. And Joe and I had. Both our own individual long list and once we felt like we exhausted all our ideas and they were all written down, we took time to sit down and go over them.

I think we actually did it on a trip. We had like a five or six hour drive and we’re like, let’s do it now. Um, cuz it can feel a little overwhelming, but very worthwhile. So we were in the. And I think we just started comparing lists. So I had the lists and we would just cross. We could cross off things that we thought didn’t quite fit, but we mostly looked for commonalities and we were able to hone it down.

I’m not sure how many we had left, but let’s say we had about 20 that were in common and we just kept discussing them and it really led to some rich discussion about what we thought was important. Um, not just for our individual selves, but for us as a family. I think at this point we had two kids. We eventually came up with six that we just thought were most important.

It did take discussion. It did take some time and you know, step away from it, come back to it to really see what we thought was the most clearly important thing. and we have our list.

Yeah. So we’ll get into our list of core values in just a second. But step one to refresh is individually, you write down, do a brain dump of everything that you find valuable.

Think about what you’ve been taught by your parents. Think about what your favorite coach or teacher taught you. Write down all those values at the beginning. There’s no wrong answers. You want an extensive list so you can see what you have in common with your partner. So then you can decide from there.

So you get step one, brain dump, take days on this to, to mull it over. Yes, you’ll get probably 15, 20, 25 right off the bat. , but don’t just make a decision on this one. This one’s gonna need to marinate for a few days. So you get your full list and then we talk about it in business. We’d, we’d play this game called Kill keeper combined.

Mel would read off our list, I would read off my list, we’d decide which ones that didn’t really resonate with us. We’d kill ’em. We’d cross ’em off ones that we really enjoyed, we would. ones that were very similar, but perhaps a little bit different verbiage we’d combine it into, once we’d slowly narrow down the list and once we got to a practical amount, our goal is to, to get it down to about five to seven because anything more than that’s tough to carry in your mind.

And there’s an importance saying. What’s memorable is portable. If you have a list of 15 core values, don’t expect your kids to be able to remember all 15. They can’t carry them around with them. They’re not portable. If you get a list of 4, 5, 6, 7, that is memorable. It’s a list that they can, uh, carry with them whenever they go.

So we did Kill Keeper combined to, we narrowed down our list to find out what’s really valuable for our family. The point of the podcast isn’t to teach you what we believe. Is to, to allow you to establish deeper bonds with your values and your family. So when we do reveal our core values, it’s not for you to adopt for them, they’re just food for haw, as an example.

So our list, we have six, and we started out by listing them with just a couple words and then later we added a little bit more so the kits would understand it better. So the first is to be genuine, uh, which means be your real and true. The second is have gratitude, be thankful. The third, be adventurous, have fun, want to be together is the next.

And that means having quality family time, not just quantity, but quality. Uh, be personally accountable is the fifth one, which we describe as self responsibility and learning from mistakes. And lastly, work on personal development and be the best you can be and be a forever learner. And I actually had typed them up on a little piece of paper and I had had them on the debt on the table so we could all see them.

And then if we ever, you know, need a reminder, they’re there for us to look at at any time.

with the core values. We did go through some wordsmithing and we had to make sure that they fit for the kids. You wanna write these like they can be understood by any age group. The comp complexity of language sometimes is a barrier for people to adopt a core value.

People within your family. So if we put something like. Integrate the foremost, uh, learning opportunities. Like, all right, well you mean, uh, professionally developed? You mean grow yourself? Yeah. That’s what we mean. So make it as clear as possible. This isn’t to impress anybody. This is to be memorable and portable by your family.

Now that step one’s gonna take you a while, you’re gonna have to chew through. Put a due date on it. That’s my biggest recommendation. I would put it under four weeks. In under four weeks. You can start your list. You can spend some time chewing on it. You can try it on for size for a week to see if that’s actually what you believe in, in the real world, and then you can start implementing it with your kids and family and loop them in.

Perhaps you come up with a list of eight and let them eliminate one so that they have more buy-in in the process versus you just saying, here’s. The family is going to stand for and not including them in the conversation. We do include ’em with our kids. We do see some of these values that gets highlighted by one or two of our kids more often than the other ones like are be genuine.

That means a lot to our older son. He uses that one when we do, uh, examples during our family meeting. He uses be genuine all the time cause he really enjoys being himself and that’s helped him as a kid that could be more susceptible to bullying with his, his personality, just being easygoing and all that.

The. The value of Be genuine saves him from a lot of that because he is so comfortable with what he’s doing and deciding to do, whether it’s robotics or making something in art class, that he just doesn’t care that much what the other kids think. So when kids pick on him, he’ll just say, Hey, that’s your opinion.

Doesn’t matter to me. He’s just being genuine and doing his thing. .

And I wanted to add, um, one thing back about when you come up with your values, I think sometimes people hold off on it because they worry they’re not gonna get it perfect. And I think if you, if you let it marinate, if you live with it for a while, you can always change it.

There’s no, no specific thing that says it has to always stay the same. I think it’s helpful if you take the time at the start, um, to really think about it. Know in the back of your mind that if something isn’t fitting after a while, you can change it. You have the power to do that based on how your family’s developing and evolving.

But I, we, I think is cool. We, we do see the change in our kids. We see how they’ve adapted this into their own personalities. And even our five year old, I mean, the kids are never too young to participate. The, our five year old loves the, the gratitude, um, value. So at dinnertime, he’s in charge of asking everybody what they’re thankful for that day.

So, Able to embody that value even at such a young age of, of five. And he was doing that. I think we, maybe at three he started doing

that. And this is something I wanted you to go a little deeper on, Mel. So I’ll, I’ll tee you up with a question. So let’s say they listen and they go through the process and they get a big list of core values, and then they cut ’em down.

They choose the ones they want, they get very good, descriptive language. The kids remember ’em and they integrate ’em. Okay. , how do you apply this in your family? What does it look like when I ask hey, or when I tell them, Hey, you have to make sure you use this language on a regular basis

To the kids? You mean them using the language

to everyone listening, oh, how the heck would they take these values off the sheet of paper and make ’em something real for their families?

Well, I think that the initial part. , um, in an exciting way showing the kids the. And making them be a part of it. Um, and then we do, at dinner time, oftentimes topics will come up and we try to always relate them back to the values. Um, when the kids are doing, having decisions to make, if they have two different activities, they can choose, well, we can have a.

Look at the values and say, well, what does this align with? Um, something really simple, like, are you gonna play video games or do you wanna come over here and play a game with your brother and your mom? You know, what, does that align with our values to go off on your own and play a video game? Or does it maybe align better with wanting to be together to spend time together?

So I think it’s the daily choices, the values can come up. Um, also, Another piece of the path that we’re gonna eventually talk about is the family meetings. And we make sure the kids every week identify some way that they embodied a value. So we either they can say it themselves, how they embodied it, and sometimes we have other people in the family point out.

Hey, you embodied that when you did this. You chose to go for a hike instead of sitting and watching a TV show. That’s you being adventurous and working on personal development. Um, so we try to include the language in daily choices that the kids make, um, and then also more specifically at family meetings that we have once a week.

My buddy Vince uses this analogy for our parenting style after he’s come and seen it in action. And that is constant gentle pressure. So when you come up with these core values, if your kids are older, you put ’em down in front of ’em. They say, uh, like, I’m not going to, I don’t, I’m not gonna remember that.

That’s gonna be hard. And they complain about it. Okay. Fine. Well, let’s do small little things constantly so it becomes a part of our vocabulary in the family and what we celebrate people for. Mel highlighted a couple every night at dinner. We do gratitude. Why gratitude’s? One of our core values. We start off the meal with a five year old choosing who gets to go first.

So he’s practicing some leadership in the family. He’ll say, mom, you’re first. And he likes to go around and headbutt people to let ’em know that they get to go first, or no, not aggressively, but a little rub of the head. So he’ll go over and nudge her. Mel will say something that she’s thankful for. Then he’ll go over to try to get Logan.

Now Logan likes to play around, so he’ll get up and start running around the kitchen and Everett will start chasing him until he gets tagged. And then he’ll give out his gratitude and Henry gets to sit back and think about it. Cause he usually goes last. And then Everett will come and touch me and then he’ll come over and give hen Henry the old headbutt.

And everyone will share something they’re thankful for every night at dinner. It takes a few minutes, but it also helps. The tone from a busy day to a calm family dinner. And the way we do that is applying one of our core values. We’ll give the young man some leadership task and we get to all practice gratitude at the weekly family meeting.

Mel already mentioned, we celebrate. The first thing we do is how did you embody one of the family core values? And then in a different week might be how to, did somebody else embody one of the family core values? So, We’re celebrating bright spots. It takes constant, gentle pre pressure dinner after dinner, family meeting, after family meeting, conversation after conversation of working these in till they get used to it and they get to understand it is part of our family culture because it’s really what we’re building is what does it mean to be a part of your family?

The core values are gonna be a foundational piece. Mel, we’re coming in about 17 minutes already. I do. Ask a couple questions though. Can

I add one thing before you ask the question? You may absolutely. As with, as with parenting, with a lot of things, you don’t always see results right away. And I have with the example, again, with our five year old with a have, having gratitude now if we happen to, we’re halfway through the meal and we haven’t done it yet.

He’s like, why aren’t we gonna do gratitude? So because we’ve had that constant gentle pressure over time, the kids all expect it. To be able to say what they’re grateful for and especially the five year old. He takes that role very seriously and reminds us so I love that’s kind of seeing the reward of the constant gentle pressure is the fact that he himself now initiates it because he knows that’s his role and he’s excited about it and it makes us who we are as a family.

Oh, we have so much to talk about on this podcast, , but to that, And I mentioned it a couple minutes ago. We want to create people that are leaders. We’ve defined what it means to be an adult in our family, and we’re working towards it. That’s gotta be a whole separate episode. . But part of it’s being able to be a leader and to choose a path for yourself.

He gets a leadership activity by, he never forgets. I forget sometimes he never forgets. Time to do graduate. Time to do graduate. He’s ready to go when he gets the dinner table. Cause he knows that’s his role and he takes it very seriously. But it gives him a leadership opportunity at a high functioning organiz.

you don’t treat ’em like a five year. Like I say, Hey, no, we’ll handle this. You just sit there and listen and, and maybe someday you’ll be able to contribute. No, you treat ’em like they can contribute. Now, the highest functioning organization that they should be a part of is your family. I said it’s the most important, but it should be the highest functioning.

They should relate how they. Interact with your family, with how they do group work at school, how they participate in a team, how they eventually get good jobs, workforce, start a company, whatever they do, the lessons that they learn. It’s a high functioning organization. Start with your family and they should start at home purposefully and intentionally, and that’s a big foundational principle.

This podcast, we want you to be very intentional about what you’re doing with your family. Don’t just let it. , Mel, back to my question. What’s your favorite core value? We’re doing Kill. Keep combined. Now we gotta keep ’em all. Okay. Cause I don’t wanna go through the process again. We’re we’re settled? Yeah.

What do you got?

It’s wanting to be together. Um, I love it. Joe and I will step away for a moment to try to have a conversation and inevitably the kids will come in and. Uh, wanna be with us. And sometimes my initial thought would be, you know, we have to have a conversation right now, like, go away, give us a minute.

But then I realize because we have this as a value, they’re coming to us because they want to be with us. And I think that’s really special. And we’ve cultivated that and I’ve heard some other families, their value is. We want our kids to wanna be with us even when they don’t have to be. Obviously our kids all live with us now, so we’re gonna be under the same roof, but eventually they’re gonna grow up and we want them to still want to be with us so that, that value talks about the right now, but also the future.

And I’m sure a lot of parents out there think about, think about the empt nest thing, but um, I want our kids to still want to be with us. So that value for me is the most important. Do you have one?

I will in a second. Oh, okay. You threw me off. I had a had some feedback for you on that . Uh, with the core value of wanting to be together, it is how you perceive it.

And that’s why we take time to define the core values because to one family it would be, ah, well I just need more time to decompress. I don’t want people on me. . It depends how you define being together. I’ll, I’ll sit down in the room. I have this, I’m old man sitting in the rocking chair, get out my book to read for the day, and then slowly kids will drift in and they’ll pick up a book and ever will ask Mel or myself to read him a book, and all of a sudden we’re in the same room within five minutes.

It’s not like nagging and it’s not being on top of each other because through concept, gentle pressure, we’ve taught them what it means to be. Not just said the words and just hoped it happened. So, uh, we set some parameters around that. The kids kind of migrate into the same room, happens to me all the time.

She’s been on a great no social media kick for lent. And so she started puzzling . She’s just gonna bring

that up. .

Yeah. Super excited over this puzzle of all these flowers that looked exactly the same to me, and she set it up on our table downstairs where we rarely go and hang out. It’s a table and a room that existed here, and we just kind of left it and never sit at, never touch it to Mel.

Set up this puzzle, and then all of a sudden after dinner, she’d go down and do her puzzle. And one kid would go down and then two would come storming down the stairs and not, they’re playing with their ball, they’re playing with their toys, but they’re still downstairs in the same room that we hadn’t used before because they just like to be together and they like to ask questions and they like to, to be around people who are giving ’em.

Great feedback and teaching ’em, and that’s what you, that’s what gets set up with your core values. Would you like to talk puzzling before we go into ?

Well, and it, the cool thing is, is I would invite them. I’d say, you come down and puzzle with me, and they would or wouldn’t, but then eventually they’d creep down.

And not that they would necessarily be doing the puzzle with me. Sometimes they would just be watching me do the puzzle, but it allows them an opportunity to talk to me, and it’s a very relaxed environment. Sometimes they would end up playing foosball next to the table. or Twister on the floor. Um, but still the, the idea that it’s almost like a magnet.

Like I’d go somewhere and then all of a sudden they’re just attracted to wherever I am. And like Joe was saying, the mindset about it, like I’m grateful for that. Sometimes I want some time to myself, but then I remind myself of the values and how much they mean to me that I never regret having that half an hour of them kind of hanging out with me while.

while I’m puzzling , so I

appreciate it. That’s very cute that you puzzle . I appreciate that.

I have some new puzzles too. ,

with our core values, we are very intentional because it describes how we expect day-to-day life, like Mel was just saying about the, um, wanting to be together. Well, we believe that good people have gratitude, they’re thankful for things in their lives and that they’re not always wanting and looking for the next thing.

That’s why we picked to have gratitude being adventurous. We want them to go out and be resilient, go out and, and hike and adventure and, and climb mountains and do things that a lot of people never thought were possible using their physical body. Physical, physical strength isn’t something that can be passed from gener generation to generation, like wealth can, it has to be earned.

And for us, that’s important. So we go ahead and put that on our family core values so they start earning and start building that mindset when they’re. Wanting to be together. Mel talked about a lot, being personally accountable, cuts off a lot of those naggy conversations. Oh, who did this? Like, we don’t have to ask that in our household.

We just, you. be accountable for what happened. So we can go ahead, work to problem solving, go ahead and move forward. If there’s a consequence, we’ll go ahead and imply it. It doesn’t need to be a big dramatic event and we’ve saved so many family blowups with just, hey, being accountable, who, you know, who left their boots on the ground.

Ah, I think it was that. We don’t really have those conversations very much. Would you agree? I do

agree. And, and that’s like you said, it’s become kind of our vocabulary. You know, who’s responsible for this? You know, who made the choice? that this thing happened. Um, sometimes I have to nudge them with that constant gentle pressure, but they understand the, the accountability, they understand and usually they accept responsibility pretty quickly when we remind them of the, the family value,

we view finger pointing as a sign of weakness because you’re giving up power over that situation as somebody else.

You need to own as much as you can of it. So we want ’em to be accountable and work on personal development. They’re going to need to learn so much on this world. We’re sitting here on a podcast on a platform that didn’t exist when we were growing up. This is my third, fourth, fifth project career from being a high school teacher to, uh, starting a company to doing so much different work.

It’s going to change. And we’ve all probably seen that in our job sites, uh, or, or businesses. And if you’re not personally developing, you can’t keep up. And

I, I’d like to add one more thing to that. Uh, these values, I think we’re talking a lot about the kids, but we also as the parents, make sure we point things out.

So if, if we have to be accountable for something or we made a mistake or something like that, we make sure that we show that to the kids, that we also follow the values. You know, I, I never wanna be that parent who says, oh, that’s just because, just cause I’m the parent, I don’t have to do this. Uh, we try to be really open.

And honest with them so they can see our process as well. Not just teach them, but we lead by example as well. I think that’s really important. Even if you have to apologize for something to the kid, you say, you know, I make mistakes too, and that’s part of being accountable. I think that’s a powerful example when we um, can admit that we have shortcomings as well, obviously.

Absolutely. To your question on which one would I pick? I really struggle between the last two that I mentioned, being personally accountable. and personal development. Being personally accountable is so powerful that it removes a lot of worry from my life, and I hope it does for the kids too. There’s so much time wasted on trying to blame people, places, and things.

All the nouns you can think of that it was someone else’s fault and saying that you can’t fix it, and so I really think once they fully understand what it means for accountability to be personally account. , it will be very powerful for their lives because they’ll be able to redirect. They’ll be able to own, redirect and control what they can.

Sure there are things that are more someone else’s fault than theirs, but even if you say it’s at other person’s fault, it’s giving of the power to what you decide to do next. Cause you’re just waiting for this other person to fix this thing that they might not even care about. And the last one, work on personal development.

I highlighted a little bit how things change. Along with the fitness part, I mentioned that with it being adventurous, you can’t pass fitness generation to generation. You have to pass the mindset for them to earn fitness. I believe the same about personal development. You need to pass on the mindset where they will continue education to learn the skills.

Skills are something that is legacy items. They’re legacy items from your family. You might have pictured, uh, uh, dead leading over the front of a pickup truck showing a son how to. how to check the oil or whatever it is, that’s a skill that has to be passed person to person. It can’t be passed like a bank account statement like wealth or finances or, or a deed as a mortgage.

It has to be manually learned. Strength has to be manually earned. And so I, I love those two that we’re talking about. Being personally accountable as a mindset, but also personal development to earn and with earning comes self-confidence. and with more skills becomes more self-confident. And if you want to build a self-confident, re resilient child teacher, ’em would be accountable and work on themselves

and, and see learning as something that’s much more than just school.

Mm-hmm. , you know, whether you homeschool, whether they go to public school or, or wherever. We, we try to always have them be learning something. Um, outside of that, whether it be something with the car, like you said, or, um, I can’t even think of an example, but we’re always tr oh, even let’s say cooking in the kitchen, you know, I try to teach them, um, some of the things I do in the kitchen so they can learn and become and develop personally someday they’re gonna cook for themselves, so I take any kind of opportunity like that at home to teach them and include them so they feel valuable.

Let’s start wrapping up this episode with how I should have started this episode because this is our first podcast and it’s not gonna be perfect and you gotta press record and you just gotta start projects. You gotta gotta, Steve Jobs, his real artist ship like you gotta press. record, and you gotta do it.

I should have hit you this with the intro. So dial back in if you think we’re gonna hit an outro and you can fade away, dial back in because this is gonna be one major general point, not to our family core values, but to the purpose of having them per your family. Your children will develop values whether you teach it to them or they learn it from their peers, whether they soak it in from television or they learn it from a coach, a teacher.

A youth group, it could be positive, it could be negative. They’re going to start valuing things. I believe it’s your job, your job to help teach them and filter all the values that that they’re going to see and help them select ones that will serve them, cuz out of the good and bad I mentioned earlier, they’ll learn things, they could learn a work ethic from playing sports.

All those things are true. They could also soak in some negative values from their friends and their friends families, and with their friends here on tv and the language that they use and how those kids just have decided and stumbled upon viewing life. I believe this is one of the most important jobs as a, um, as a parent, you need to tell them how to think about life.

Otherwise, they’re gonna struggle. They’re gonna struggle mightily for a long time with a, uh, where’s my value? What do I need to work towards? Who am I? Why am I here? , you can empower them with the keys to start solving that for themselves. It starts with your core values. It starts with taking these four weeks.

It starts with writing down the steps, uh, all the values that you think about and narrowing ’em down for yourself. It starts with you starting to embody them. You can get this whole process done in 30 days and set your kids up. For extreme success and teach them what values to push away when they’re approached at school and what values to that they should adopt and celebrate.

That’s your job. You’re slacking on your job if you don’t do this.

I agree, and it’s all about choices. I mean, kids are going to gonna make decisions and they make decisions based on knowledge that they have and values that they have. So our, our kids are learning to make decisions based on these values, and I think the decisions are gonna be much more positive because of that.

I wanna thank Mel for doing this podcast. I want to thank all of my buddies on the old Instagram where you can follow us at Strong Family Co and on Facebook that have pushed us to do this project. I appreciate you so much. I appreciate you sharing the episodes. I appreciate tagging your buddies in the comments as we’re getting this off the ground.

And our goal isn’t to have tens of thousands of viewers and listeners. I would rather have a thousand people who listen to each episode and actually do it than casual, tens of thousands of listeners. So if you think you’re the type of person that will actually use this information, and you are passionate, Your family life in developing a strong family for yourself.

Do please engage with the process. Do please share the episodes. Shoot us an email. Go over to strong family, get the pdf. We’re gonna send out art. We have articles on top of the podcast. We’ll have emails when we’re just too busy to shoot additional episodes, which we will be doing two a week, but there’ll be tons more content.

And if you wanna be one of those real. Who really work on this stuff, engage in the process. That’s how you get your results. Whether it’s financial results, fitness results, personal skills is engaging. So follow us on Instagram. We’ll post some more for you. Get over to the website, download how we develop the core values.

You’ll have a worksheet all done for you for free. Mel and I are are paying for this out of our pocket because we think this is so important. In our culture to impact family life and it’s getting too pushed to the side. That’ll be a pedestal that I get on and rant about on another episode. But, uh, I do want to say that this is a passion project.

We are doing it because we want to become better parents. What you focus on is what you get, and we’re gonna focus on learning and teaching and implementing and engaging in our own family life, and we encourage you to do the same. Final thoughts,

Mel? Well, I wanna thank you for pushing me outside of my comfort zone to do this.

Cause I certainly, uh, was very nervous about it, but this is part of why we have the values. I probably wouldn’t have decided to do this if I didn’t think that personal development was valuable. Um, and I’m very excited to help other families. We just, we’ve seen such a powerful change in our family with this path that we just couldn’t help but wanna.

We talked about with family meetings that we start by celebrating what we want repeated. For us, its core values for you. It will be soon as you implement this. When it comes to this whole podcast and tech world, it comes with us getting positive feedback and putting this stuff out. We need people to review the podcast.

We need people to share it. We need to help grow the network. So we keep this passion going. So if you think we’re doing a good job and this is the path you want to go on, Please contribute by taking those steps. That’s all we ask, and we appreciate you very much. Thank you for watching the first, or listening to the first episode, of the Strong Family Podcast.

And a quick shout out to a gentleman named Joe, not me on Instagram, who shot this outro video on his guitar as just a way to contribute and to help get us off the ground, uh, that is also passionate about his family. So thank you Joe, and thank you to everyone who. We’ll talk to you all on the next episode

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