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Ep 151: Raising Kids Connected to Their Purpose

We have a beautiful opportunity to help our kids navigate life and develop an understanding of themselves. There are things we can do to encourage them and to help them know how to lean into the right things that will help them figure out what their purpose is.

I’m sharing some things that Brian and I have done that we feel are working really well. I don’t have all the right answers but I’m hoping this episode gives you some clarity, makes you feel better and gives you space to just think and process. Because I always want to ignite and inspire you!

 

 

 

 

In This Episode Allie Discusses:

  • Helping your kids connect to their purpose

  • The difference between purpose and just getting a job

  • Knowing your own purpose in order to help your kids find theirs

  • Limiting beliefs

Mentioned in this Episode:

Instagram

Courses (Use the code PURPOSESHOW for 10% off!)

The Purpose Show Facebook Community

Ted Talk

Big Life Journal

Live Love Now book

 


Mom life. We are surrounded with the message that it’s the tired life. The no-time-for-myself life. The hard life. And while it is hard and full of lots of servitude, the idea that motherhood means a joyless life is something I am passionate about putting a stop to. I’m on a mission to help you stop counting down the minutes till bedtime, at least most days. I want you to stop cleaning up after your kid’s childhood and start being present for it. Start enjoying it. I believe in John 10:10 “that we are called to abundant life” and I know mothers are not excluded from that promise. Join me in conversations about simplicity, minimalism and lots of other good stuff that leads to a life of less for the sake of enjoying more in your motherhood. I’m Allie Casazza and this is The Purpose Show.


Hi beautiful, beautiful friends! I am currently sitting on my unmade bed. I’ve got my backup mic in my lap, my laptop is in front of me, and I’ve got an almond milk iced latte that I will be sipping, so you will definitely hear it throughout the episode.

I’m not in my office today for several reasons, but I just didn’t want to wait to record this episode anymore. I’ve had the bullet points jotted down for a while and I was thinking about it today and I felt inspired to record it. So, here we are. Imperfect, not-super-professional, sitting on my bed and just chatting. Which is awesome because it kind of feels like I’m just talking to friends. And I really like it when the show feels that way. So, let’s just dive in! 

This episode is exciting because it’s the first time that we’re introducing a new mini, minute-like segment on the show. If you have been listening for at least a few months you probably remember Allie Reads October. Allie Reads October is something that I started doing every year where I draw attention to books that have really shaped me as a person and that have transformed my life in one way or another over the last year or at a different time in my life. It’s just a time for me to focus on the books that I believe are really worth your time because there’s so many books out there. 

I feel like every time I open social media somebody is promoting a new book. And you know, it’s all good. I love books. I love reading. I love having books on my shelves. And I love the accomplishment of finishing a great book. But I also really don’t like to waste my time or read a book that I thought was going to be one thing and it ended up being another. So, I use Allie Reads October every year to really highlight books that I thought made a big enough impact in my life to highlight for you. 

But the problem is that it’s only once a year. So I wanted to find a way to bring you an Allie Reads Minute on the podcast on a more regular basis. Maybe not every week but at least more than once a year. And so, this is going to be the first episode that has an Allie Reads Moment. We’re going to highlight a book that I just finished that I feel is really impactful and really beneficial for you, so that’ll be coming later. 

But this episode is actually about raising your kids, and I want to talk about raising kids connected to their purpose. I’ve been thinking about this so much over the last few months and it’s probably just because my oldest, my daughter Bella, is getting a little older. She just turned 11 and she has such a joy, such a hopeful outlook on life. I’ve been thinking a lot about how in a few years she’ll be nearing the age when kids just kind of lose that. And I’ve been thinking a lot about, is that normal? Natural? Necessary? Is there something that I could do to help her keep that or save her from feeling like her light has been snuffed out? I’ve been thinking a lot about the process of adolescence, growing up, and what I want for my kids. 

I ended up starting a group chat on Instagram. I don’t know if you know that you can do that but you can and it’s pretty cool. I started a group chat with a bunch of moms that responded to my Instagram story and we started to chat about purpose and about the pressure that we feel to help our kids find their purpose so that they don’t feel lost.

A lot of the women in the group were sharing that they felt really lost when they were young and they don’t want their kids to experience that. But also, is it just a part of life? They know their kids need to figure it out for themselves but they are their moms. Can’t they help them and can’t they spare them the pain of being lost and not really knowing what you were put on earth for? Some of the moms who are of faith were sharing: “I want them to be connected to God and to know what they were made for.” 

It was just this really beautiful conversation among a lot of different moms from a lot of different backgrounds, a lot of different religious beliefs, bu