Marriage or Carriage: Talking to your kids about marriage & education

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Marriage or Carriage: Talking to your kids about marriage & education

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About This Episode

The “success sequence,” is the research supported notion that people who get an education, then a job, then get married and, lastly, have children are more likely to experience financial prosperity in the future. It can be hard for parents who have not themselves followed the success sequence to encourage their children to do so. However, it is important for parents not to feel ashamed about their past and instead use their experiences as a tool to instruct their children about an easier way to succeed in life. Parents who have not followed the success sequence should feel a sense of pride in their own resilience while, nonetheless, instilling values in their children that will lead to their future success.

People On This Episode

Alicia La Hoz

Dr. Alicia La Hoz
Resident Expert

Omar Ramos

Omar Ramos

Family Bridges

Veronica Avila

Alexandra Solomon

Dr. Alexandra Solomon
Special Guest

This Week's Action

  • Take some time to reflect on your perceived successes and failures. Ask yourself what you would encourage your children to do differently from you and what you would want them to emulate.
  • Start the conversation with your children about the success sequence. Ask them what their goals in life are and guide them through the best way to go about achieving those goals. You can use the worksheet under the “tool” section of this page as a jumping off point.
  • Don’t be ashamed of your past. Instead, allow the wisdom you’ve gained from your experiences to guide your children into the smoothest path for their lives.

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