Leadership Begins at Home! What Are You Giving Your Kids? Wings or Rocks?
“Why do you have to be so difficult? Why do you argue with everything we say? Are we such horrible parents that you need to punish us?”
For parents of teenagers or young adults, the above words, or, at least, something very similar will be all too familiar. Many parents secretly find themselves weeping into a pillow at the apparent loss of their once beloved child who seems to have rejected everything they, the parents, hold dear.
Most parents genuinely want the best for their children. However, what few parents understand is that their idea of “the best” may be at odds of what their children think is “the best.” This is particularly true within the context of a family business where parents often have a deep desire to not only pass on a set of values and a legacy but the actual family business itself. Seeing a child in rebellion, especially full-on revolt, can not only be acutely painful, but it can make the cherished dream of having an offspring become the leader in your footsteps seem like pure fantasy.
So what’s a parent to do?