“How Extremely Busy Executives Make Time To Be Great Parents”, With Caleb Silver, Editor in Chief of Investopedia

Ultimately, you want your children to know and love themselves. You also want them to be loving and kind people who are generous, thoughtful and happy. Spending time together and doing things you enjoy teaches them to appreciate life, family, and themselves. They learn to value themselves and what they have through shared experiences. They learn their identities by being part of a family. That identity is shaped throughout their lives through friendships, teachers and other mentors, but it begins at home. As we all know, experiences are not always joyful. Tragedy, sadness, remorse and fear are also important learning experiences that we all go through. Having a strong and supportive family helps children learn from those experiences and helps build their character. It also helps adults continue to build their characters too, especially when they endure them as parents.

As a part of my series about “How extremely busy executives make time to be great parents” I had the pleasure to interview Caleb Silver. Caleb is a business news journalist and the Editor in Chief of Investopedia. He began his career as a documentary producer, but quickly moved into business news for Bloomberg as the dot-com bubble was growing. He then went to CNN to run its business news coverage and spent 10 years at the network as the executive producer for CNNMoney, the director of business news, and a senior producer on the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. Caleb came to Investopedia in 2016.


  1. Be spontaneous and get everyone excited to break the routine. Dash out to a diner for french toast in the evening, grab last minute tickets to a show. Routine can get boring for anyone, especially kids. And who doesn’t like a pleasant surprise?
  2. Dedicate a few hours each weekend to doing something together as a family. Go for a hike, check out a museum, go thrift shopping (big winner with teenage girls), but you have to dedicate the time and get buy in.
  3. Instead of just asking them how their day was, ask them to name one positive and one negative thing that happened to them that day.
  4. Tell them stories about your childhood. It’s a great way for them to get to know you better and helps them relate to you as people, not just parents.

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Dr. Ely Weinschneider

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Dr. Ely Weinschneider is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, writer, and speaker based in New Jersey.

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Leadership Lessons from Authorities in Business, Film, Sports and Tech. Authority Mag is devoted primarily to sharing interesting feature interviews of people who are authorities in their industry. We use interviews to draw out stories that are both empowering and actionable.

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