For the past several years, I’ve brought lunch to work in a cup, glass, Yeti, or another form of cylindrical, upright container. And I’ve often answered for it.
Curious people wonder:
Why? What’s in that? Why does it look that way? Does it taste as bad as it looks? What recipes do you use?
The short answers:
Health and nutrition. All kinds of things. Ingredients determine color and liquid determines texture. No, it’s usually great. None.
The longer answer:
In the spirit of one of my favorite content marketing tips*, I’ve addressed these questions with this Blender how to – a quick guide to better breakfasts and lunches.
*Aside: In your videos, emails, blog posts, and other channels, answer the frequently asked questions you’re getting. If some people have the question, others do, too – you can be the source for the information. And you can potentially save time by segmenting these FAQs and answers by types of people who ask or trigger points for asking and preemptively sending the answers before they’re even asked.
Blender How To: What You Need
Handheld slow motion video of the blender in action.
Before you get to the actual blend, of course, you must be prepared.
As mentioned above, I never use a recipe, but I try to keep basic ingredients on hand.
When you were a child, were you commanded to clean your room by a parent?
Compelled to clear the table or clean the dishes after dinner?
Forced to fold the laundry?
Told to take the garbage or recycling outside to their proper bins?
Sure! These were demanded of me decades ago and our son is asked and expected to do the same today.
These are basic and shared responsibilities to maintain a nice, clean, and healthy home.
Threat of punishment.
Occasional, necessary enforcement.
Had it not been for all the direct, parental attention, I may never have built the habits and skills necessary to do so as an adult. Playing outside with friends or firing up a video game console was far more attractive. Someone else can run the vacuum cleaner!
And we’ve all had that sibling or roommate who didn’t live up to basic standards of health and cleanliness. Too self-interested. Insufficiently motivated. Plays by their own rules.
But the consequences are shared. And, at the end of the day, someone has to clean up.
When our son was born several years ago, I thought very much about the kind of person we’d like him to be. Which qualities and characteristics to cultivate. What “right” living looks like.
From that motivation came an elementary system to share with him – basic guidelines for “right” living. It had to be simple, but scalable. Approachable for a child, but meaningful enough to grow with him into adulthood.
The result: The Three Most Important Things You Can Be.
Review them, see a fourth addition, consider other systems, and share your own thoughts.
Give it a look for yourself. And consider its applications in parenting.