Where does work stop and family start? This is a big question a lot of school owners ask each other. Though my many years of martial arts I have meet many family schools. Husband and wife teams working together to make their schools and families run smoothly. As we know most of us teach in the evenings, when most families are at home having dinner together.
This has been an issue in my family for 11 years. My husband and I have 3 children. Our daughter Samantha is 19 and is a 3rd degree black belt. She is also an instructor at our school and starting college this summer to be a teacher. We have two sons, Aaron is 17years old and a 3rd degree black belt, and he is getting his driver’s license and getting ready to start his senior of high school. And then there is Jacob who is 10 years old and a 1st degree black belt. As you can see we are a martial Arts Family. We have worked together so that we can still spend time together as a family and still run our business. We have dinner early or we have dinner at the school between classes.
We have set up a family room for our children to do homework and to have quiet time away from the school. We travel to events together and make that our family vacations. Our goal is to have our children run our businesses some day. I believe I wouldn’t have changed anything over the years. I think that Martial Arts has helped us build strong independent children. And our Family has built a strong independent school. Lets answer the question, where does work stop and family start? It doesn’t you have work together as a unit so neither has to suffer. If you have a family and a school let us know how you do it. I’m always looking for new ideas.
IMO it is all about a balance, whats more important? Time is a thief once it is gone you never get it back. I have to set time for work and then time for faimly, we need both. Anyway thank you for your post and good luck.
Stacy LeMasterDate 8/29/2012 10:10:49 AM
We have a family of 5 my wife and I and our 3 children 7, 4, and 3. We are just starting our school. It has been very hectic lately. We haven't really found our grove on time with family vs school. I hope that it will run as smooth as yours though. We would like suggestions if anyone has any.