Dreams Cost Nothing

Implementation Gets Expensive

 

FAMILY ISSUES


One of my dreams in life is to be part of a cohesive family but this is not easy in today’s world.


Families face many headwinds:


  1.   Two working parents

  2.   Divorce

  3.   “Entitled” children

  4.   The changing work environment

  5.   Stretched finances

  6.   A selfish attitude - “It’s my life”


Becoming a cohesive family starts with good communication skills among family members. The walls of secrecy surrounding family issues must be replaced with open and transparent doors of dialogue.


Good communication skills will help family members develop better relationships skills - a key ingredient in establishing trust. Without trust there is little chance in achieving a cohesive family.


The following essays discuss family issues at different stages in life: when children are born and family formation begins; when children graduate from high school and begin the journey to becoming responsible young adults; and finally, when those children become grandparents.


        6,574 days. That’s how many days there are in 18 years. Those 6,574 days will come and go so quickly. I hope by sharing my

        journey, my successes and my failures, I will get us thinking about this incredible opportunity that we have been given.


                                                                                                                                           Robert Livingston

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ESSAYS WRITTEN



A Tale of Two Cities

Parents, is one of your dreams for your children that they become responsible young adults?


This essay was written for young families. It discusses two contrasting cities children can end up in: a city called Responsibility and a city called Entitlement. The essay discusses Bob’s core values in life and the important role parents play in helping their children establish personal values.


       It usually takes little time and effort to give your children money. It usually takes little money,

        but a lot of time and effort, to teach your children your values.


                                                                                                                                          Robert Livingston

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It’s Time to Let Go

Parents, are you uncertain of your role as your children graduate from high school?


The first step is to recognize the changing world your children are entering - simply put the low hanging fruit is gone! The world is far more competitive than when you graduated many years ago. The role of parents is so important today. They must be a mentor, an advisor, and a coach to help their children become responsible young adults.


        There comes a time when parents must cease to be “parents in control” and become “friends on call”. That time is now.


                                                                                                                                               Robert Livingston

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The Incredible Journey

Becoming a grandparent for the first time and unsure of your role?


This essay was written for grandparents. It discusses the important role they can play in being a mentor for their grandchildren. Grandparents who are: “a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend” can be so helpful in these roles.


        The next generation needs both “parents in control” and “friends on call”. Grandparents can be those “friends on call”.


                                                                                                                                             Robert Livingston   

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Dreams Cost Nothing

What are your dreams?


My dream is our family will become responsible citizens of the world we live in. By doing so, they will achieve a happy and fulfilling life and help make the world a better place.


The intergenerational transfer of wealth plays a key part in achieving my dream.


        Dreams cost nothing. Implementation gets expensive.


                                                                                                                                             Robert Livingston   

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