This week on Family Looking Up we were joined by Saren Eyre Loosli, founder of Power of Families, co-founder of Power of Moms, daughter of Richard and Linda Eyre, and mother of 5. Saren holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and a Masters in Education from Harvard. She’s consulted and conducted training for numerous non-profits including the National Institute on Out-of-School Time, YMCA and One-Heart Bulgaria and has traveled to Africa and South America with Choice Humanitarian.
~ We discussed what entitlement is and why it is detrimental to the overall happiness and success of our children’s lives. ~Saren shared great insights on what we can do, as parents, when we hear “My friends have this” or “ My friends don’t have to do that”. ~We discussed a question that one of our listeners asked: "How do you raise entitlement free kids without being a “no mom” (always quick to say no to your kids)?”. ~Gratitude is a great antidote to entitlement. Saren discussed ways to teach gratitude to children. We also explored the topic of teaching them the right principles that help them to FEEL the right things instead of just DOING the right things. ~Many take their children into 3rd world countries to open their eyes to their blessings. Not all parents can or want to do that. We talked about other options parents can explore without going to Ghana. ~Saren had some terrific advice and insight on chore systems for children. We discussed the pros and cons of them, why they are worth the trouble, and how to implement them. We also discussed how defeated we all feel at our inability to be 100% dedicated to those systems, and why it’s okay to not be perfect. Mom Squad Challenge Take 30 minutes this week to sit down with your kids and talk about the things they need to be responsible for in your home. Include in the discussion, what you do in the home so they can understand how much you help them. If you don’t already have a simple chore system in place, this would be an ideal time to start one. To find out more about Saren Loosli, visit www.poweroffamilies.com . When you visit the website, you’ll find many books and resources available to you at no cost. It is a fabulous resource! Power of Families is also on Facebook and on Instagram as @poweroffamilies. We want to thank Saren for her willingness to share her insights, experiences, and resources with us at Family Looking Up!