I have a few yes or no questions for all the parents out there:
- Do you want your kids to live longer?
- Do you want your children to lose their memory?
- Are you a happier parent when your kids sleep better?
If you answered yes, no, yes, then continue reading. If you answered any other combination, then it is time to rethink your parenting strategy.
Getting your kids to live longer, keep their mental health, and get more sleep sounds difficult, but it is possible. And I have a magic formula…
My new book, Maury C. Moose and The Ninja Worrier.
Okay, so maybe the book itself may not have magical powers, but the book’s message is powerful. What is this message, you ask? The story is all about finding your purpose.
Why We Need Purpose
Viktor Frankl, author of one of my favorite books, Man’s Search For Meaning, once said:
Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.”
Frankl, an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, made this discovery as an Auschwitz concentration camp inmate during World War II. This was a horrific time during which he lost his wife, his mother, his brother and many friends.
Life was about as miserable as one could imagine. No one would have faulted Frankl for giving up. But he did not. Mainly because, despite his many losses, Frankl did not lose one thing: his purpose.
He found purpose in his approach to psychotherapy and his work of helping others find meaning. This got him through even the most unbearable circumstances.
The Benefits of Finding Our Purpose
Recent studies have found that Frankl was on to something when he touched on the importance of finding meaning. Purpose in life is linked to many positive health outcomes including :
- improved mental health
- better sleep
- decreased depression
- improved satisfaction
- personal growth
So How Do We Find Purpose?
I first read Man’s Search For Meaning in college. I was just about to graduate, and was thinking a lot about my future. Learning about what Frankl experienced, discovered and spent the rest of his life teaching others, was eye opening.
Frankl’s book isn’t the only one written about purpose. A quick Goodreads’ search will bring up dozens of titles dealing with the subject. You will find bestsellers from Rick Warren, Brene Brown, and Jack Canfield — authors who have sold hundreds of millions of books.
But you know what you won’t find?
Books for kids.
Like I said, Man’s Search For Meaning is a favorite of mine — I greatly benefited from having read it. But would I ever ask a 9-year-old to read a story about an Auschwitz concentration camp? No way!
Sure, a 9-year-old would definitely benefit from the message of the book, but the packaging is all wrong. It would be like asking a man to learn he is going to be a father by going on the Maury Povich show, rather than having a meaningful conversation with his wife. The result would be scarring and the message would be lost.
So it is clear that books are a great way to teach the importance of purpose, but what do we do if our kids are too young for the mature way the content is presented?
My new book touches on the topics of purpose and meaning and does so via rhymes, jokes and by introducing a new character to the whimsical world of Forest Noel. Our new friend, Sam R. Rhino is fresh out of school and looking for what he will do next. He struggles to decide whether to blaze his own path or to follow his famous father.
How will Sam deal with this important decision? Will Maury and Mikey be able to help him find his purpose before it is too late?
These are important topics, yes, but they are framed in a story that children will relate to. By sprinkling in some puns, pictures and practical tips, the kids will enjoy the story and more easily absorb its message.
To get a preview of the story, check out the book’s introduction rhyme:
Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it.”
No matter how you put it, the message is a very important one — one that kids (or people of any age) need to hear. If you are a parent, I encourage you to check out the book. Help your kids learn the value of finding their purpose. It may just add a few years to their life.