We were lucky, education was a competitive advantage, our pathway to prosperity and economic security; for our kids it's the bare minimum, with zero guarantees of any of the benefits we enjoyed.
In many developed countries there are more graduates searching for jobs than non-graduates. And aside from constantly looking over their shoulders worrying about being 'replaced' by AI or an algorithm, our kids will have to compete in a global job market with equally (often better) educated and skilled workers in lower-wage economies around the world.
Employers today regularly bemoan the 'skills gap'; they don't care about what our kids know, they care about what they can do, and unfortunately, our education system with standardised testing and teaching to the test, is letting our kids down.
On top of this- as you'll know from your own life experience- grades are only part of the story, they only get you so far. Whatever it is that your child wants to be or do, their life journey will look a lot like the diagram below. And it's how well they can navigate this path, that will ultimately determine just how successful they are. To do this they need to develop skills and resources that aren't taught in school.
We wanted to create something that would help our kids to navigate their own life path, to help them fulfil their potential: to do well in school and in life- whatever it is that they choose to do.
Basically the life manual that we wish our parents had given to us when we were growing up.
Four years ago we started to look into how we could get deliberate about teaching our kids the skills and qualities needed to live happy, successful lives.
What started as a hobby has since become an obsession, and now after a lot of research and much experimentation (sorry kids), we have distilled the best of what we have learnt into a program that we'd like to invite you to try.
To be successful, our kids will need qualities such as confidence, resilience, perseverance, creativity, self-belief, they'll need a growth mindset, and emotional intelligence.
These are universal qualities of success, qualities that can be applied to any situation, job, or circumstance, and the program will help your child to develop them.
Amongst other things, completing the program means that your child will:
The BEST ME is a structured online program with it's roots in the field of positive psychology (the scientific study of human flourishing). There are 12 modules to complete (a grand total of 36 lessons), and each module follows the same 3-step format:
We spent two and a half years homeschooling our kids and are firm believers in the phrases: 'words don't teach, experience does' and 'kids learn best when they are having fun' . So, the lessons are an entertaining mix of teaching, fun activities and real world challenges.
Here's what you get when you invest in the BEST ME program:
We'll be there to guide you and your child along this journey whenever you need it.
We are active in the Facebook group each day and as well as posting hints and tips, we are there to answer any question you may have.
We also create and post free strength/ life skill building activities each month to help your child develop even further.
The normal price for the BEST ME program is £97, but while we are all under this blasted coronavirus quarantine, we would like to offer you the program at a discount, so just £37 instead.
Or you can:
You are fully protected by our 100% Satisfaction-Guarantee.
If in the next 30 days, for whatever reason, you decide the program isn't for you, just let us know and we'll send you a prompt refund.
The main focus is to help you discover your own values and put your own plan into action, as opposed to telling you what to do.
LAURA CLARK// The Butterfly Mother
It is presented in a very straightforward and easy to read manner and I can already see that there is value in the takeaway.
ALICIA ANTONIO// The Bottle Poppin Mamma
I would highly recommend to any parent needing to get in the here and now of parenting… but also who wants to look to the future too.
TALYA STONE// Motherhood: The Real Deal