Campbell Wealth Management - August 2019

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C ONN E C T I N G W I T H YOU R K I D S A ND G R A ND K I D S ON T H E I R T E R M S MEET THEM WHERE THEY ARE

M any of our clients have grandkids, and I’ve heard how challenging it can be to really connect with younger generations. As a parent, there are times when I’m with my kids and I think to myself, "We live in such different worlds." They have their interests and passions, and I have mine. But I’ve gotten better at connecting with them. The secret is meeting kids where they are and engaging with the things they really care about. I’ve found when I do that — talk to them about what they are passionate about or join them in their favorite activities — I really connect with them. When we try to connect on our terms, it just doesn’t work, and we are left feeling disconnected. I bring this up because so many of us want to interact better with younger generations, whether they are our kids, grandkids, great- grandkids, nieces, or nephews. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard older folks complain that younger people are always on their phones: texting, playing games, or scrolling through social media. When many of us were our kids' or grandkids' age, we were always on the phone. Sure, we weren’t texting —we couldn’t — but we were doing basically the same thing, just in a different way, the best way we knew how. When it came to connecting with my eldest son, Connor, he’d ask me to throw the baseball for a bit. If I could, I would stop what I was doing to play a little catch. Of course, with Connor throwing his 80 mph pitches, a game of catch could get pretty intense! My point is that when I played catch with him, we could have a good conversation. We connected best in those moments. With Carter, our second eldest, I found we connect at the gym because he’s big into working out. We built a gym in our basement, and every now and again, we’ll get together to work out. Sometimes, we’ll get out of the house and go to our local gym instead. Again, I’ve realized that

we aren’t just working out; we’re connecting in an area where he feels most comfortable. Our youngest, Codie, is passionate about a number of things. If you’ve kept up with the newsletter, you know how many interests she has. But Codie and I have discovered we connect best while doing DIY projects. Recently, the two of us made a dog bed for our pet. We’ve also made a table. Each project offers quality time to spend with each other. I don’t have to try to connect with Codie in these moments; it happens naturally. There is so much parents and grandparents can take away from my experience. It comes down to learning what your kids and grandkids really love. Then, jump in with both feet, even if you’re not fully invested in their interests. In this case, the effort matters most. If your grandkids love video games, sit down with them by the TV, ask for a controller, ask them to teach you about the game they’re playing, then play together. Even if you’re not great at the game, that’s okay. It’s about sharing that moment together. If your grandchild loves horseback riding, take a day and go out riding together. I mentioned in one of our past newsletters that our time on this earth is limited. We only have so many holidays and birthdays left with our loved ones. Taking time to spend with our kids and grandkids doing what they love means a lot to them— and it’s just as meaningful to us as adults, parents, and grandparents. If you can, I encourage you to take a little time out of this summer to make those connections. And in the meantime, we hope you enjoy the rest of the season. If you need anything, please give us a call and let us know! Kelly Campbell

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