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Amy's Reflections

August 5, 2019

“Family traditions reveal what you value enough to repeat.” ― Daniel Willingham

One of our annual traditions before school starts is for me to go school shopping with each child individually. This is always an adventure for me as each one of them has very different personalities and preferences. Andrew was up first and he was really focused on the school supply list and could care less about school clothes as long as they are comfortable. For example, he took jeans into the dressing room but never put them on and pretended like I never gave him any to try. Our day was filled with a lot of laughter as he is very witty. His highlight of the day was eating lunch at Red Lobster. Maleigha was up next and was ALL about clothes and not super interested in school supplies. She would happily try on everything in every store if given enough time. Her highlight was Claire’s, my least favorite store.  Two down and two to go but I really enjoy this one on one time with them and getting to have individual discussions and focused time. It is a highlight for them as well in this crazy, busy world it seems like we struggle with quality time together.

This week at LDI we had a session on generational differences. It was truly fascinating to see the characteristics of each generation and maybe the drivers for each generation. For example, I found out that my generation likes to have a lot of independence and do things ourselves as we were the original latchkey kids. This makes perfect sense. The sum of our life experiences drive who we become and how we handle things. The best thing that came out of this session was a better appreciation for each generation’s perspective. It was interesting to learn that all of my kids will fall into generation Z or whatever they decide to call this age group. They will be a mix of the previous generation’s values and experiences with the added impact of technology. We also spent a fair amount of time on the impact of technology on our lives and the driving need for instant gratification. I am sure you will hear more about this in the coming months. In the meantime, enjoy your families and traditions as you gear up for back to school time.

"Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation." – Simon Sinek

“Family traditions reveal what you value enough to repeat.” ― Daniel Willingham

One of our annual traditions before school starts is for me to go school shopping with each child individually. This is always an adventure for me as each one of them has very different personalities and preferences. Andrew was up first and he was really focused on the school supply list and could care less about school clothes as long as they are comfortable. For example, he took jeans into the dressing room but never put them on and pretended like I never gave him any to try. Our day was filled with a lot of laughter as he is very witty. His highlight of the day was eating lunch at Red Lobster. Maleigha was up next and was ALL about clothes and not super interested in school supplies. She would happily try on everything in every store if given enough time. Her highlight was Claire’s, my least favorite store.  Two down and two to go but I really enjoy this one on one time with them and getting to have individual discussions and focused time. It is a highlight for them as well in this crazy, busy world it seems like we struggle with quality time together.

This week at LDI we had a session on generational differences. It was truly fascinating to see the characteristics of each generation and maybe the drivers for each generation. For example, I found out that my generation likes to have a lot of independence and do things ourselves as we were the original latchkey kids. This makes perfect sense. The sum of our life experiences drive who we become and how we handle things. The best thing that came out of this session was a better appreciation for each generation’s perspective. It was interesting to learn that all of my kids will fall into generation Z or whatever they decide to call this age group. They will be a mix of the previous generation’s values and experiences with the added impact of technology. We also spent a fair amount of time on the impact of technology on our lives and the driving need for instant gratification. I am sure you will hear more about this in the coming months. In the meantime, enjoy your families and traditions as you gear up for back to school time.

"Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation." – Simon Sinek

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