Rick Stephens

Rick Stephens is a co-founder of Raising Families, a husband, father, and grandfather. With 33 years of experience as a top-level executive of The Boeing Company and having raised four children of his own, he is able to support parents and grandparents by incorporating his knowledge of business, leadership, and complex systems into the family setting. It is this unique combination of leadership and family life that allows Raising Families to help parents become more joyful and confident, as well as more proactive, intentional family leaders.

Rick currently resides in Alpine, Texas with wife and fellow Raising Families co-founder Elane V. Scott.

Posts by Rick Stephens

teaching kids about money

Teaching Kids about Money: Be a Coach and Mentor

    If your kids are already in school, it’s definitely time to start teaching them about money if you haven’t already. One study found that money habits in children are formed by the time they're seven years old. At Raising Families, we know that parents have greater success when they change their role from being a teacher to a coach to a mentor as their kids get older. As parents move from each role their children will learn not only about money and how to use it but also about the value of money and how to
the role of parents

The Role of Parents – 3 Overlapping Parts

    The role of parents is constantly changing. Regardless of changes in society, the needs of children and family are always evolving and parents often find themselves at a loss for what their role should be. As the founders of Raising Families, we've spent years helping families expand their understanding of the role of parents and what intentional parenting involves, including the transformation parents go through as their children mature. Keeping an eye on the big picture of enabling our children to grow to become happy and caring adults, ready to fulfill their dreams is what we're
what are family values

What Are Family Values Exactly and Are They Important?

    What are family values? Do they differ from other values? Are they important? Do you need them? Can they change? Most parents trying to raise thoughtful and responsible kids find themselves asking these kinds of questions more often than you might think. Most of us believe we are clear on our values and generally live our lives accordingly. But then we get married and perhaps have children. Suddenly, we're tested in all kinds of ways, making some small and some very large decisions that affect our partners and our kids. It's then that we realize our
4 Important Parenting Skills

4 Important Parenting Skills

Ever question your parenting skills? If so, you want to be the best parent you can be. Learning these four key skills will help you do just that.
Improve Family Life by Setting Intentions

Improve Family Life by Setting Intentions

    Are your teens locked in their room all day? Do your littles want you to play with them constantly? Is scheduling time with your partner like finding a needle in a haystack? Are you at your wits' end on how to change things?   Why Setting Intentions Is Important Don’t let this year go by the same way last year did. Take control by setting intentions and make this year be the year you guide your family down a better path. To create that path, it’s important to reflect first and find out why things have