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Business Analyst and Parenting

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.
Anne Frank

Ignore the title.

Business analysis is all about problem-solving and creating value.

That mindset, that experience, that focus will not help as a parent, especially if you have teenagers.

The one technique as a business analyst that will help is letting the client figure things out for themselves.

As a parent, you are there to give advice when they ask for advice, which isn’t very often.

The rest of the time you are there to guide them. You need to guide them without words, without rules, without any pre-conceived ideas. Lead by example, show them how you live your best life, so they will take the best from your example and incorporate it into their lives.

If they are going to step in a pit, tell them. They probably won’t listen when you are there. But the next time they are going to step in the pit and you are not there they will remember and listen.

They have the life path that they are figuring out where they get to choose where they go and where they will they and where they will succeed.

Notice how many “they’s” in that sentence and how many “you’s”?

If you think your child should be a doctor, or get straight A’s, or play sports, or … forget it, it is not for you to choose.

Be there for them, give advice when they ask, be curious about who they are going to be, and enjoy the experience of being part of their life journey.

Live the Adventure


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