Last week Family Teams hosted a meetup of our business owner’s mastermind for dads called Integrated.
But beyond the incredible presentations, conversations, and fun experiences something else was going on.
Jackson’s network was exponentially growing.
Jackson is my 19 year-old son.
He and two of my nephews took three days off of work to cook, clean, and be a team of butlers to this group of amazing men.
And what did they get in return?
He hasn’t been able to stop talking about the life changing conversations they were able to have during those three days.
And this wasn’t by accident.
It has to do with what I see as a primary responsibility of fatherhood.
My job is to take ground that my kids can inhabit.
In this case that ground involved these relationships.
Most western parents miss this opportunity.
We are taught by modern culture to obsess about our kids making friends with their peers.
I obsess over helping my kids become friends with my friends.
Every ancient father understood this (Proverbs 27:10). This is the basic formula for helping a child become wise.
Make wise friends, train your children to build relationships with adults, then introduce your kids to your friends.
Once your kids inhabit the ground you’ve already taken they can expand the family territory far beyond the boundaries you established.
And a big part of that ground is your relationships.
Remember – ”Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” Proverbs 13:20
P.S. If you know any business owner fathers who want to build their family into multigenerational teams on mission, let them know about Integrated! https://familyteams.com/integrated
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