IDEAS & POSSIBILITIES: Employ your Children
Creating your own business is hard. It takes a lot of work and a lot of time. How in the world do you create a productive business and spend important quality time with your kids??
Easy! Employ your children!
As I was walking through the indoor vending booths at the Taste of Dallas, I came across a Skull Soap, a lotion vendor. A girl greeted me and asked if I wanted to try some lotions. After some preliminary discussion on which scent I might like to try, the girl smoothly and easily launched into an explanation of the ingredients in their products, how they were made, and why they were better than Bath and Body Works. "I've been doing this a while," she explained. Blown away by her knowledge and the eloquence and ease at which she spoke, at one point I stopped her. "How old are you??" I asked. "Twelve," she responded.
Twelve!! I love it! Curious, I proceeded to delve a little deeper. She explained that yes, she helps her mom with the business. She makes the salt scrubs. Her mom makes the soap and other products that have toxic ingredients that aren't appropriate for people her age.
Fascinating. A twelve-year old girl is learning math (measuring out ingredients), chemistry (and chemical reactions), safety and carefulness, assertiveness and public speaking skills (as she talks to people going by), salesmanship and the importance of personality, and I'm sure she's also learning information like cost-benefit analysis, purchasing products in bulk, and other entrepreneurial skills. Soft skills...hard skills...and everything in between.
I'm a big fan of Experiential Learning, but the last place I expected to find it was at the Taste of Dallas. If I'd had my credit card with me I would have purchased product (I believe Scooter Hunny was my favorite) simply because the 12-year old was so amazing.
Do you have a business where you engage your child? What age are they and how do you incorporate them into what you do? I'd love to hear about it!
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