The Friday Dispatch mirrors what I’ve been reading and focusing on, IRL.
And, this week I’ve really been focusing on family.
I caught myself answering a customer support email from my phone while I was at my son’s soccer practice this week.
Well, I should confess…
My wife caught me.
Cooper, my five year-old son, wasn’t listening to his coach, and he kind of shut down in the middle of the field.
He was on the verge of tears, just standing there, head down, looking at his tiny cleats.
He obviously needed a parent to run onto the field and see what was up.
Meanwhile, I’m getting an alert from HelpScout on my phone that a customer is having trouble logging in.
Stress level: one million.
I look over at my wife, and explain to her how stressed I was getting having to deal with my son and a customer at the same time. Looking for a little sympathy, perhaps.
Her response was instantaneous: “Wait, why the **** are you reading customer emails while you’re here at your son’s soccer practice?! You’re not driving an ambulance, it’s not an emergency and it can wait. Go help your son!”
I love my wife.
She gave me a reality check about my priorities. And rightly so.
All that to illustrate why I’m listening to podcasts and reading a lot about how starting a business can affect your family, specifically looking for tips on how to heal frayed relationships and find better balance going forward.
I need to get better at this.
I grew up without a father. I don’t want my kids to grow up remembering a father who was there but not ever actually there.
You’ll see a few articles on the topic of family and business in this issue and I’ve queued up a few more for future issues of the Friday Dispatch.
On to your articles…