I Taught My Kids Wrong…Now What?

This week's question from my portal “The Neagle Code: Directions for Life” comes from someone who wishes to remain anonymous. 

Neagle Code Question

Hi David,

I’ve raised three children with my middle-class mindset. I taught them to go to school, get a good degree, have a good major, get a job — and all three of them have done that, and aren’t exactly happy.

So now what do I do? How do I go about saying, “Hey, everything I taught to you was pretty much BS. Sorry.” What kinds of conversations can I have with them? I try to throw in some of the things I’ve learned from you.

Neagle Code Answer

That’s funny. I would just talk to them about what they want out of life. Don’t worry about correcting them.

They have to find their own path. This was their path — being raised by you and having you teach them about life was their path.

Now they have to find their own path.

It’s not your job to correct what you told them in the past.

It’s their path to move forward.

It’s the same thing I tell everybody: be an example for your children, because they watch you more than they listen to you. Just talk to them about what they want out of life. Most people don’t do that. Give them that ear.

If you find a way you can help them, like recommending a book or a seminar, go ahead and do that.

And always remember… if they aren’t asking for help… don’t give it!

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