A Very Personal Thought

| January 28, 2024

A Very Personal Thought

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A Very Personal Thought

Given my TQ scores, and Marisela’s younger age, how do I shift my mindset from a life of freedom to one where I must integrate her 2 kids, 10 and 15, into my life and already huge family? How do I make this a positive experience for all of us? I like kids but never thought I would have others again. 750-word executive summary, no bullets.


A Very Personal Thought

From Absolute Freedom
To Love & Legacy

Shifting from a life of freedom to integrating Marisela’s children into your life and family can be a significant adjustment, but it’s also an opportunity to create a positive and fulfilling experience for everyone involved.

Here’s a comprehensive approach to help you navigate this transition and make it a successful and enriching journey for all:

First and foremost, it’s essential to approach this change with an open and empathetic mindset. Recognize that this transition will impact not only your life but also the lives of Marisela’s children. Acknowledge and validate their feelings and concerns as they navigate this new chapter.

Communication is key. Sit down with Marisela and her children to have an open and honest conversation about the changes that lie ahead. Encourage them to express their thoughts, fears, and hopes, and assure them that their feelings are valued and respected. Be transparent about your own emotions and concerns, fostering an environment of trust and understanding.

Establishing a sense of unity and togetherness within the family is crucial. Plan activities that allow everyone to bond and create shared experiences. Whether it’s a family game night, a weekend outing, or a shared hobby, finding common ground and fostering a sense of belonging can help strengthen the family dynamic.

Respect each individual’s space and boundaries. Recognize that Marisela’s children may need time to adjust to the new family structure. Encourage open dialogue and let them know that they can express their needs and preferences as they acclimate to their new environment.

As an executive, you understand the importance of setting goals and creating strategies to achieve them. Apply this mindset to your family integration process. Establish clear objectives for the family unit, such as fostering mutual respect, open communication, and a supportive environment. Develop actionable steps to work towards these goals, ensuring that progress is made incrementally.

Seek guidance and support. Consider family counseling or therapy to facilitate the transition. Professional assistance can provide valuable tools for navigating challenges, improving communication, and strengthening familial bonds.

Embrace flexibility and adaptability. Understand that the integration process is a journey, and it’s natural to encounter obstacles along the way. Approach these challenges as opportunities for growth and learning, both individually and as a family unit.

Celebrate milestones and achievements, no matter how small. Recognize and appreciate the progress made in integrating the family. Positive reinforcement can motivate everyone to continue working towards a harmonious and fulfilling family life.

Finally, prioritize self-care for yourself and Marisela. Balancing the demands of a blended family with your professional responsibilities can be challenging. Ensure that you both carve out time for self-care and relaxation, allowing you to recharge and maintain a healthy work-life balance.


In conclusion, integrating Marisela’s children into your life and family requires patience, empathy, and proactive effort. By fostering open communication, mutual respect, and a supportive environment, you can create a positive and enriching experience for everyone involved. Embrace this transition as an opportunity for personal and familial growth, and approach it with a mindset of understanding, flexibility, and compassion.


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A Very Personal Thought

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E. R. Haas is CEO of the TQ Smart family of web sites including ThinkTQ.com, IntentionalExcellence.com, MyBizIQ.com, MyBelieversGuide.com, MarriageWithPurpose.com and hundreds of others.E. R. is a "serial entrepreneur" and has created over 20 different businesses in software, manufacturing, finance, publishing and many other areas.He is married to Jan Haas who shares his interest in model railroading, gardening, and traveling by train. Together, they have 5 grown children, 9 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

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