What do you think about the state of family emotional health?
For the past three months I have been spending a lot of time writing for a website Myfamilytrack.com. It is going to be launched in April 2010. At the same time I am preparing a membership program called “LeadingFamilies,” which is the same name as this website. I want to explain why I am doing this.
I have had the great privilege of working with thousands of students and thousands of families during my professional career. I have been in many places in the United States and around the world. I am very grateful for the opportunities I have had. One time after I had given a speech in Germany the people there lined up to ask questions and there were so many people the line they formed went down an isle and wound partly around the room. This was not about my excellence as a speaker or popularity. The questions they asked were heart felt and about fairly serious things. I have wanted to find a way to provide something for parents and married couples who can’t afford therapy when they have problems, who occasionally need a suggestion or two, and/or who just want more help in carrying out the plans they have for their children.
As the years have passed it seems to me that some of the challenges parents face are more challenging than a couple of decades ago. It also seems to me that some parents are not recognizing how threatening the challenges are until their children have very serious problems. I have, for instance, seen many parents and children when these same children have been using controlled substances or have been heavily involved in pornography without the parents knowing anything about it. They were good parents but they were busy. I have also seen parents do what they think was useful in their families but have found that doing some of those things with their children is not leading to success. I have also seen many great, successful, and committed parents.
All the time this is going on family psychology and family sciences have advanced to the point where there are fairly clear research findings about children and therapies which could be used to help people. Plus there are many sound principles that emerge from working with families. So, I am thinking it might be time to do something more. If you read this would you let me know what you think about paying a small amount of money annually that would give you consultations with child psychologists when you wanted to ask questions. For this same plan you would also receive success oriented information related to your children each year at the time of their birthdays. This is designed to help you prepare them for success the next or coming year. This will help you prepare your children for developmental changes they will soon experience.
Secondly would you also let me know if you have a desire to participate in a fairly intensive online training program to help you change your family, yourself, and control or better influence the outcomes you want for your children. On Myfamilytrack.com you will find specific resources such as marriage enrichment and parent skill building programs. Our plan is to make these easily available and at a very low cost. I would appreciate your opinions and suggestions if you would care to offer them.
We are currently underway, assuming the two programs I have described will be useful to people. So, what do you think? Please let me know.