I have never been much of an entrepreneur.
Other than the vague desire to be rich, I don’t much focus on how I plan to get from point A (broke as a joke) to point B (poppin’ bottles in the ice, like a blizzard).
But, that doesn’t mean I don’t do what I can to instill an entrepreneurial spirit in The Dudes.
Okay, I lie.
I don’t do much of anything when it comes to this other than encourage their creativity and help them learn how to save, invest, and spend their money wisely.
All of the entrepreneur type awesome exhibited as of late by #3 and his
pretty much world famous lemonade stands come entirely from his personal fortitude and desire to buy a bouncy ball for the pool and a new tree for our yard.
He is the one who wanted to host a lemonade stand. He is the one who comes up with the ideas regarding what he will sell each week (he says lemonade alone is just boring). And, despite what some may think, he is the one in charge of his wardrobe.
Yes, people, believe it or not the bow tie was his idea. I even tried to talk him out of it on a particularly hot day, at which point I was informed that he has to “wook wike a business man if he wants people to buy from his business”.
So, the kid teaches me something every day. Luckily, you all have me for that.
Dumb Mom’s Guide to Raising Entrepreneurial Kids: How to Make Sure Your Kids Will Move Out of Your House One Day and Pay Their Own Bills When They Do It
1. Get out of their way. They usually have better ideas than you do anyway so let them have at them. Sure, they may require a bit of guidance when it comes to silly things like price setting (no way were we going to sell lemonade for $100) and figuring out how to make change but, when it comes to big picture stuff, they usually paint a pretty awesome one without your intervention. So, you know, let ‘em.
2. Be an enabler. Let them use the garage to work on their soap box car. And let them at your computer a little so they can Google how to make a kite and stuff. Giving them the tools to succeed and explore their creativity is never, okay, rarely a bad thing. Just make sure they aren’t looking up
naked chicks how to build a bomb and we’re all good.
3. Let them fail. You know, so they can learn from their mistakes. Plus, kids need to learn how to handle failure since it’s bound to show up in all aspects of life. Kids that never get to fail at stuff have a tendency to grow up to be annoying and obnoxious adults. No one wants that, right?!
4. Praise their efforts. Not just their success. But, don’t get crazy with it. There is no reason to give your kid a high five for waking up in the morning (or a participation trophy in soccer, if I’m honest). I mean, you expected them to do that so why make a big deal out of it? But, if they wake up, get dressed, make their bed, brush their teeth, and pour themselves a bowl of cereal without you even saying a word, then heck yeah, fist bump them and blow it up. Especially if they do all of that stuff and they are only 4! Having high expectations is not a bad thing, it gives them something to strive towards. Plus, you don’t learn the true essence of, “Go big or go home” if you’re never asked to live it!
5. Lead by example. This is where I am slacking a bit. I am not now and have never been very inventive. I don’t solve problems by creating my own solution. I’m more of a research-what-other-people-did-and-just-copy-that type of person. But, some people are out there making things more awesome for all of us by building, creating, and figuring solutions to problems in new and exciting ways. Kids see you doing that stuff and get all kinds of inspired. If you’re that kind of mom you are probably a great role model for your kids, and you also might want to read on!
Huggies, the diaper people, are hosting their third annual Huggies Mom Inspired Grant Program and they are looking for creative, inventive, forward thinking, problem solving Mom Awesome women who have an idea they need sponsored to help them change the way parents everywhere get down with their kids.
The $15,000 grant is awarded to moms who come up with innovative products designed to make life as a parent easier, happier, and all around awesomer.
So, if you have been sitting on this amazing product idea that will make it virtually impossible for kids to embarrass you in public (wouldn’t that be a dream), or maybe something more realistic to help make bath time, or feeding time, or any time easier for parents, this is probably the program to help you get started. They want to give people like you the money and the training and the confidence to make magic.
Pop over to the Huggies Mom Inspired website and see how you can enter your Mom Awesome idea (but be quick about it, the contest closes on 7/31!). And, if they pick you, you totally have to
give me a cut come back and tell me so I can high five you and myself!
*pBd Admits It’s Paid for: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Huggies. I am being paid to share it with you and, should you get awesome specifically because of this post, I’m seriously hoping you pay me too. In cupcakes if you want. All opinions and bow-tie-wearing-kids are my own.