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Create A Family Business Plan

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Create A Family Business Plan

If you don’t have a vision of where you’re going and a plan on how to get there, you’re likely to get swept away by the winds of life. You’ll flop this way and that, not ever really knowing if you’re off course and going in the wrong direction. Suddenly you may realize that you don’t have money for that special family trip and everyone is disappointed. You may have spent your money on frivolous things without calculating the savings necessary to meet your family’s vacation desires. Or one day you notice that your teenager doesn’t talk to you any more, and you don’t know how it happened. You may blame her and think she’s a bad kid—sullen and sneaky. But perhaps you neglected to set in place a plan for staying close and connected to her when she was younger.

Successful organizations have mission statements that remind them of their attitudes, goals and objectives and keep them on track. Effective departments and teams decide first where they want to go before they start the journey. Why not create a business plan for your family that will keep you and your kids united and going in the same direction?

If you don’t consciously think about it, you’re likely to re-create the patterns of your family of origin.

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Joanne Stern

Joanne Stern, PhD, is a psychotherapist with a private practice emphasizing counseling with families, parents, couples and teens. She’s a teacher, consultant, speaker, and expert guest on parenting and family topics, including communication, discipline, self-esteem, addictions, eating disorders, grief, and loss. Parenting Is a Contact Sport: 8 Ways to Stay Connected to Your Kids for Life is her first book. A mother and grandmother, she and her husband, Terry Hale, live in Aspen, Colorado.


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12:35PM PDT on Sep 19, 2010


2:19AM PDT on Sep 16, 2010

Nice concept, thanks.

11:49PM PDT on Sep 15, 2010

I like this

9:39PM PDT on Sep 15, 2010

thank you ,it was a good article,i always have programming for future,that is why i and my family reached to most of our expecting desires.families who have good houses,cars ,.., even successful childern,...,just think in advance , and working hard.

7:44PM PDT on Sep 15, 2010

Such wonderful ideas here. I wish my parents could've read something like this so things would be better in our family. But I don't blame them. It's really not their fault. This proves the importance of having an open mind.

Parents, don't ever put down or harass your children just because they're "so different" from you or don't share your ideas. The best thing to do is care and understand and even encourage them. Not one person is the same. That is why we are all so different because one part balances the whole.

At least I know now what to do with my future family!

Thanks so much for this article!

7:21PM PDT on Sep 15, 2010

great ideas!

4:29PM PDT on Sep 15, 2010

great ideas, thank you!

9:55AM PDT on Sep 15, 2010

Good ideas, I even try to get my kids involved in my remodeling business and it seems to work sometimes, but like anything else they are teenagers and it is really tough to keep them interested.

1:47AM PDT on Sep 15, 2010


8:54PM PDT on Sep 14, 2010

thanks for the info

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