One of the number one reasons that women of child rearing age become entrepreneurs is to be available as parents to their kids. If the choices are for parents to work outside of the home, stay home without working, or become entrepreneurs with flexible work schedules and time to be with family, then the later provides the greatest opportunities for children in these homes to learn and grow.
However, there are always things we have to be careful about saying to our kids. No matter which role we’ve taken on. Read the rest of this entry »
The term Role Model is a relatively new term dating back to the late 1950′s. Prior to that, the common term was mentor. There is a slight difference. Role models are generally considered to be people not known to us whereas mentors are people that work directly with us. Prior to the late 50′s when TV was popularized, looking up to someone unknown to us was not all that possible. Now, we have fairly easy access to many of the intimate details of almost anyone.
There’s often a discussion of the use of role models in sports. Many young adults look up to these successful sports figures and want to be “just like” them. As adults, knowing more of the big picture, we sometimes cringe at the idea that our kids may be wanting to emulate the behavior of these “fine, upstanding” individuals. So what do some parents do? They proceed to make a big deal about how awful and inappropriate that sports figure is. Instead, they could share with their teens all the good and bad points of the individual and guide the teen to emulate the good and learn from the bad.
Do YOU have a Role Model?
This is something we can all learn from. It’s good and healthy to have individuals that we look up to and respect. The thing is, no one is perfect. A role model can provide just as many valuable lessons on what NOT to do as they can on what TO do to be successful. Read the rest of this entry »
Many of the parents I know refuse to talk to their children about money. I frequently hear from teachers that, by the time the schools start teaching money (somewhere around the 2nd or 3rd grade) a lot of kids still don’t even know the difference between a nickle and a dime. Not much changes as the children get older.
A lot of the parents are embarrassed. That’s unfortunate because it provides some of the best life lessons we can teach our children. You can’t expect a child to learn from your mistakes and make a better life than you’ve had if you aren’t willing to have the money talk.
There are a lot of great books and resources available for just exactly how to handle the money talk with grace and ease. Here are a few you may want to look into. Read the rest of this entry »
If you are a home based business particularly with a family, you probably struggle regularly with a variety of interruptions.
Here’s the classic scenario. The children are fed and sitting in front of the tv for a movie. You sit down to get some serious work done in the 90 minutes before the movie ends. Not 15 minutes into the movie, one or more of the children comes running in to tell you their sibling just hit them.
Or maybe this rings home – You get the kids set to work on their homework before going in to call a client when your husband comes home needing to tell you about his horrible boss.
When working from home, interruptions aren’t an if, they are a when. So really this post is more about how to MINIMIZE the interruptions than how to avoid the interruptions. Read the rest of this entry »
Raising children in an entrepreneurial home is a wonderful gift to the children. There are some incredible opportunities available to them that other children may miss out on. As a small business owner and a parent, there are some family habits you can start that will help your children learn some valuable life skills.
Family Habits – Celebrate Success
This family habit doesn’t have to be reserved to families that have entrepreneurial parents. Every family should start this one. Celebrating success is something we tend to outgrow once our works of art or test papers are no longer being put on the refrigerator door. However, it is a crucial piece to a positive mental attitude and being able to have the self esteem to overcome any obstacle. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s tough enough to raise children when being a parent is our full time job but getting kids to listen when we are distracted with other roles seems to be nearly impossible. Fortunately, some of the rules we follow for growing our businesses, also apply to raising children. Read the rest of this entry »