We honor the people who influenced our core…. mothers, fathers, or other caring person during May and June. I reflect on my father’s childhood experience; he was raised during the Depression by a single parent after the death of his mother when he was only 10. Like many parents in today’s world, my grandfather had to wear and juggle both hats as mother and father to his three children. What a challenge for an immigrant from Sicily! His ability to survive as a business owner and homemaker during the Depression is incredible. Unfortunately, I never met him, but his parenting skills were evident in the character of his three adult children. His values were constant and unwavering and became a legacy that continued through successive generations.
I reflect on the lessons my parents shared, hoping I’ve passed on the same family values to my two sons. They include:
- Be caring to others
- Be accountable
- Be dependable
- Be respectful
- Be engaging and open to a new and changing world.
If you are fortunate, you have a network of relatives, friends, and neighbors to lean on. My grandfather had the support of his community and church within a couple of blocks, an actual village of caring people looking out for my father and his siblings. I, too, had the support of my neighbors, church, family, and friends before and after my husband’s death, leaving me to raise two young boys. However, that’s not always the case these days, especially with many families spread out and shifting traditional values. So what takes its place?
- Create a living, financial, and emergency plan for your family and seek out trusted professionals for advice because “Stuff Happens.”
My mother was an immigrant, and my father was a first-generation American. They wanted to create a stable and secure financial future for their family and into their retirement. I find it fitting that I entered the career of financial planning, helping others create security for their families. Seize the moment to create your own Family’s Living Plan by starting the conversation today— be caring, considerate, dependable, and accountable to those who mean most to you.
Celebrate your past, embrace your future, and plan for your legacy. What lessons will you pass on to the next generation? Start with a 15-minute conversation.
I am excited to announce that I’m looking forward to launching in mid-2022; it’s a valuable tool for anyone who wants to keep their loved ones informed in an emergency. It’s Your Family’s Essential Emergency Workbook: How to Get Everything Your Family Needs to Know in 30 Days or Less!
The design of this workbook has three essential sections “Yourself,” Your Loved Ones,” and “Your Legacy.”
All the best,
Eleonore Weber, CLTC
Founder, Author, Broker & Certified Long-Term Care Specialist:
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