Lifebook VIP Members Missy Butcher, Jason Moore, and Damion Lupo team up to bring us a 3-part article about raising children to become entrepreneurs, from the perspective of both a parent and a child. Discover inspiring strategies that will empower your children to become the creative, successful, and fulfilled people they were born to be with the articles below.

Teaching Kids About Value Creation By:  Missy Butcher

This topic is one of my favorites. It’s deep and wide, incredibly rewarding, and tons of fun… so I decided to share some of the strategies Jon and I have used over the years to teach our kids about an incredibly fundamental piece of life… value creation.

Talking and Listening

The first and most important strategy is to simply communicate with them! No matter what their ages are, our kids have always LOVED to hear, talk, and learn about money. We ask questions and then LISTEN to them. We pay attention to what they love to do. We discuss their talents with them deeply. We find out what they are truly interested in, enjoy doing and are really good at, and then we let the creative juices flow. Creativity is key here.

Written by Lifebook Member and world-renowned pioneer in the field of self-esteem, Dr. Nathaniel Branden. Visit him on the web at, where you'll find dozens of fantastic products and information to help you raise your own self-esteem and nurture it in your children.

Nathaniel writes:

If we are to consider how self-esteem is best nurtured in young people, we must first be clear on what we mean by "self-esteem." So I shall begin with a definition. Self-esteem is the disposition to experience oneself as being competent to cope with the basic challenges of life, and as being worthy of happiness. Thus, it consists of two components:

Meet our highest scoring Lifebook Member in the Parenting category, Dr. David Jackson, and find out how he uses this category as his highest leverage point to create and maintain his extraordinary life. David was the first person in the world to create a Lifebook with...

The Best Parents Have the Longest Time Horizon By:  Lifebook VIP Members Joshua and Margie Boswell

The wise parent realizes that the average life span of a human being is currently pushing over 80 years, and we only get to closely parent our little ones for about 20 of those years. Our greatest concern should be preparing them for those 60+ years that they are outside of our home and immediate influence. So, the wise parent looks ahead and constantly asks things like... * How will my choices today affect the life of my child when they are no longer with me? * What can I do today to prepare them for a life of happiness, joy, and rejoicing? * How will I empower and equip them to manage life’s stresses, challenges, and setbacks? * What can I do today to help them feel comfortable with their own greatness and power?

By Anya Hanson Wendt My daughter Ashlyn, age nine, is clear that she is responsible for her life – her happiness, her accomplishments AND her choices. She is also clear that all choices have consequences, and, as she makes choices for her life day-to-day, she is also choosing the consequences. In our family, consequences are not necessarily negative – they are just the natural course of things; cause-effect. For example, if she studies hard for a test and is responsible for understanding what will be on it, the consequence is a grade of A - which pleasantly enough, has other consequences, such as money from her father.

Not everyone knows what it is to be a parent, but we all know what it is to be a child.

There is a place within each of us that only we can reach.  A place where our “inner self” first began to develop, our consciousness began to evolve and our identity was formed by the world around us.

Some people like to call this place our “Inner Child;” the part of our childhood that, although often dormant, remains very much intact within us.  In this place the most primitive part of our being lies;  The memories of our experience as a child, and the residual messages and feelings that were left behind.

My good friend, Tim Ferris, wrote a little book you may have heard of, "The Four Hour Work Week" (it's sold like 10 trillion copies). Missy and I read it at the same time in early 2008. Among the many big ideas in that book, Tim poses the following question (and I paraphrase); "If you have a job you can perform remotely, why not go live in another country for a while, have a serious, life-changing adventure, and come back smarter, wealthier and substantially more cool?" Reading Tim's book just happened to coincide with another discovery, namely, that our youngest daughter, Jade, was dyslexic, which is why school was so difficult for her. She needed a change. And we needed to do whatever was necessary to help her increase her self-esteem. These factors, coupled with our already passionate love of travel, could only mean one thing...

  • Lead by example.
  • Whatever beliefs you desire to instill in your children, to be effective your actions need to support the words you say to them.  Working towards becoming the best person you can be and setting great examples for your children can help you become the parent that you desire to be.  Your children will learn from your positive examples and will develop into happy, courageous, loving, and healthy people who contribute to bettering our society.  Can you really think of a greater reason to focus on your own personal development than for setting wonderful examples for future generations?

This category focuses on a part of life that is simultaneously crazy, demanding, painful and fun. Raising a child can be one of the richest, deepest experiences life has to offer. It's an intellectual, emotional and spiritual journey, and truly one of the...

During the Lifebook Program you’ll examine your deepest beliefs about what defines a good parent. You’ll consider the key values of your home and create a clearer vision for parenting your children. You’ll understand what an incredibly important example you set by the way you...