February 22, 2021
It’s been 346 days since my five kids attended school in person. Unfortunately, their schools may not reopen until the next school year in August.
That would be 530 days without school in person. Consequently, we just unenrolled them and hired tutors/teachers to come run a homeschool program for them.
I believe the mental health of children is a CRITICAL and overlooked issue of the past year. Please have conversations with your kids and grandkids to really understand how they are doing.
My brother-in-law is a local pediatrician and says child suicide attempts and general depression from isolation is off the charts. A friend’s 17-year old daughter recently checked into a 24/7 suicide prevention institution. This girl is a straight A student-athlete with many friends.
We’ve got to invest more in our children; they are our future. Tell (and SHOW) your children and grandchildren you love them today. I know this topic has nothing to do with personal financial planning, but I felt like bringing some attention to this issue as a father of five young kids. You can have a major impact in the mental and emotional health of the young people in your life.
Thanks for listening.
Chad Willardson, CRPC®, AWMA® is the president and founder of Pacific Capital, a fiduciary wealth advisory firm he started in 2011 after nine years of climbing the ranks as an investment advisor at Merrill Lynch. Currently, Chad also manages a $350 million investment portfolio as the elected city treasurer in his community. Chad is the author of the Best Selling Book: Stress Free Money: Overcome These Seven Obstacles to Find Financial Freedom. He created and trademarked The Financial Life Inspection®, a unique process to remove the stress people feel about their money. He’s been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Inc., California Business Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, NBC, Entrepreneur, and ValueWalk. Chad and his wife live in Southern California with their five beautiful children.