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The 3 Ultimate Parenting Lifehacks to Raise a Future Entrepreneur

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The 3 Ultimate Parenting Lifehacks to Raise a Future Entrepreneur

So you want to be an awesome parent? What better way to set your child up for success in life than to equip them with the gift of entrepreneurship and a love for personal advancement! Heaven knows, it’s not easy, so equip yourself with some effective parenting lifehacks before pouring advice onto your child.

Many of the world’s leading figures and successful leaders are men and women who have struck out on their own, pushed themselves beyond conventional limitations and dedicated themselves to innovation and improvement as entrepreneurs. Chances are, you were an entrepreneurship-minded child at one point or another – we’ve all had a childhood lemonade stand or cupcake bake sale – and learning experiences like those are a foundation for building the confidence and mindset necessary to cut it as a future leader.

Without further ado, The 3 Ultimate Parenting Lifehacks to Raise a Future Entrepreneur.

Readers Are Leaders - Ultimate Parenting Lifehack

    1. Readers are Leaders

    Forbes has an excellent article detailing why some of the most successful people are those who love to read – and for good reason. Taking the time to inspire your child with a self-originating love of reading is by far the greatest gift that you can give them. Instead of needing to be taught new things, a reader can seek out the information they want, absorb it quickly, and synthesize it in innovative ways that can vastly expand their horizons.

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    Children who pick up a love of reading early often go on to become polyglots, inventors, and market-disrupting entrepreneurs. Encourage your child to read – whatever they might enjoy. While the ‘Lean Startup’ may not be exciting to your child now, letting them read Nancy Drew books, Twilight or even comic books will lay the groundwork necessary for them to live a life full of learning.

    ‘Next-Level’ Parenting Lifehack #1

    Read with your child! Lead by example, encourage them with your presence, and build a stronger relationship at the same time.

    Are parents always more ambitious for their children than they are for themselves?

    – Jeffrey Archer

    Develop Your Child's Unique Passion - Ultimate Parenting Lifehack

      2. Help Develop Their Passions

      In line with the ‘Next-Level’ Parenting Hack #1, encourage your child to pursue their dreams – whatever desires, niches and ideas might excite and inspire them. This does not mean give them free reign over all decisions and ideas – that would almost certainly harm them – but as long as they continue to grow and mature in the important things, afford them the liberty to find and express their individuality.

      While cliched, the saying ‘children these days…’ stands true. Kids develop and thrive in different ways – many of which can be frightening to parents at first glance. Instead of discounting alternative learning styles, empower your child to grow at their own pace! With the rise of crowdsourced education (ala Udemy, Coursera, Skillshare, Khan Academy, etc.) your child will undoubtedly find something they are passionate about and learn to excel.

      Learning is not always as simple as it used to be – gamification and the rise of the digital space have brought around a revolution in education. Organizations like MinecraftEdu aim to make games like Minecraft a part of alternative learning programs by providing systems and structure to schools across the United States – to great effect. Be the cool parent and play Minecraft with your kid.

      ‘Next-Level’ Parenting Lifehack #2

      Check out tip #4 of this Lifehack article about ideas for incorporating fun activities into your time with your child to explore their unique passions.

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      Affirming words from moms and dads are like light switches. Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child’s life and it’s like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities.

      – Gary Smalley

      Never Say 'No' - Ultimate Parenting Lifehacks

        3. Never Say ‘No’

        If you take only one point away from this guide, let it be this one. There is nothing more discouraging for a child than to have the product of your imagination squashed by a ‘no’. It doesn’t matter if their idea is absurd, silly, or a waste of time – help them to realize that on their own – never dictate the scope of their potential. 

        Once you put your child’s imagination or excitement within a box (that to them will almost certainly seem arbitrary and unfair) you cannot take it back. They want to start a lemonade stand? Set it up with them! Do they want to trade baseball cards? Research tips and tricks with them! Are they wanting to branch out and learn something new? Don’t second-guess them! Employ the Socratic method of learning – proven techniques that date back to the birth of modern civilization, and use their own mental reasoning to redirect their (potentially less-than-ideal) passions to something productive and innovative that will benefit them for years to come.

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        ‘Next-Level’ Parenting Lifehack #3

        Safeguard your child’s passions and desires like the treasures that they are. Help draw learning experiences out of their ideas and projects, and never quench their creativity.

        At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.
        – Jane D. Hull

        The Unifying Principle

        If you’ve been paying attention thus far, you’ll notice one uniting principle behind each of these parenting lifehacks, and that is spending time with your child. Nothing can help your child develop the self-determination, confidence and ingenuity a future entrepreneur needs better than quality time with you. Whether you understand it or not, in your child’s mind, you may as well have superpowers. With a single word of encouragement or moment spent, you can completely alter the course of their life – which is simultaneously petrifying and electrifying. If one action can lead to the rise of a future world leader, just imagine what results you’ll see if you dedicate your efforts to consistently building them up?

        The best inheritance a parent can give to his children is a few minutes of their time each day.

        -M. Grundler

        Featured photo credit: Mark Sutherland via flickr.com

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        Last Updated on October 7, 2021

        Why Spending Time With Your Family Is Important (And How To Do So)

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        Why Spending Time With Your Family Is Important (And How To Do So)

        In today’s chaotic world, having family time isn’t always easy. It can get pretty hard to coordinate schedules, especially if the family is large. Life demands that we work, attend school, nurture friendships, hobbies, etc. All of those things are extremely time-consuming and important—but so is spending time with your family.

        Why is family time so important? Because we all need love and support, and a good, strong family can provide that regularly. For children, spending time with their family helps shape them into good, responsible adults, improve their mental health, and develop strong core values.

        There are many positive effects of spending time with your family. My family and I, for instance (and this includes grandchildren as well), meet every Tuesday night for dinner and games. My older son and I take turns cooking. This gives all of us a chance to try some new recipes. After dinner, we play games. And without fail, they inspire competitiveness and laughter. As family night has evolved, the grandkids have invited their friends over as well, creating the need for more chairs but also expanding our circle of fun.

        Aside from the obvious fun and games, there are other reasons why spending time with your family is paramount. In this article, I will provide you with multiple reasons why spending time with your family regularly is a win-win. And then, I will lay out some ways on how to do it.

        Let’s get started, shall we?

        Why Spending Time With Your Family Is Important

        Here are six reasons why it’s important to spend time with your family.

        1. Provides the Opportunity to Bond

        When you spend time together as a family—talking about your day, your highs, your lows—it fosters communication. As parents, it gives you the chance to listen to your children, to hear them out, to learn about what’s going on in their world. It also provides you with the opportunity to use life situations as teaching moments.

        Before our Tuesday night dinner/game nights, my family used to see each other pretty regularly but not consistently, especially the grandkids. Our family night changed all that. Now, it’s guaranteed that the grandchildren, along with some of their friends, will be there. Not only do I get to find out what’s been happening in their lives, but they also get to know us better. It’s creating memories they can treasure forever, as well as modeling the Get-Together tradition for when they eventually have families of their own.

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        “Spending time partaking in everyday family leisure activities has been associated with greater emotional bonding within families.”[1]

        2. Teaches the Value of Family

        Taking the time to be with your family lets your children know they are valued—that spending time together is a priority. I know that in today’s world, both parents are busy as both usually working. What better way to let your children know they are loved than by carving out time each week to spend with them?

        According to Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D., “words like honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage are core to centuries of religious, philosophical, and family beliefs. Use them and others to express and reinforce your family values. Teach children the behaviors that flow from these principles. Use quotes to ignite meaningful dinner conversations and encourage kids to talk about these values.”[2]

        3. Enhances Mental Well-Being

        Spending that quality time together gives your children a safe platform in which to express themselves, ask questions about things that are bothering them, or talk about their day and things they’ve learned. I know that my 9-year old granddaughter can’t wait until it’s her turn to talk about her day. She usually goes on and on and has to be stopped to give everyone else a chance to talk about their goings-on.

        “Research shows the quality of family relationships is more important than their size or composition. Whoever the family is made up of, they can build strong, positive relationships that promote wellbeing and support children and young people’s mental health.”[3]

        For children, having the opportunity to seek advice from parents they trust—as well as being able to have a sounding board and help with problem-solving—is priceless. In addition, being able to voice their opinions and be heard—and to feel like what they have to say matters—is an esteem-builder. All of these can have a very impactful positive effect on their well-being.

        4. Helps the Child Feel Loved

        How do you think a child feels knowing their parents want to spend time with them—talking, sharing experiences, playing games, listening to them? It will make them feel as though they are important, and a child that feels important is happier and more apt to thrive. Setting aside chores or work to spend time with your children demonstrates that they’re essential—that they matter. What a gift to give your child!

        “If a child has your undivided attention, it signals that they are loved and important to you. This can be further nurtured by experiencing joyful activities together, as it demonstrates that you want to spend time with your children over and above all of the daily demands.”[4]

        5. Creates a Safe Environment

        If you regularly spend time with your children, you are also creating an atmosphere of trust. The more trust they have, the more likely they are to share with you what’s going on in their world. As they get older, you’re going to want to know. Negative influences can show up at any time, but if you’ve always been there for your child, they are more apt to come to you and ask for your advice.

        Spending time together generates familiarity and feelings of being supported. When a child feels safe and comfortable, they’re more likely to open up. This is one way to get to know your child and know what’s on their minds. Are they okay? Do they need your guidance? If so, how?

        6. Reduces Stress

        This is significant. We all suffer from stress at one point or another in our lives. Spending time with family helps alleviate that stress. It’s an opportunity to talk things out, get feedback, and maybe brainstorm for a solution to the problem that is causing the stress.

        According to Brandy Drzymkowski, “During the holidays, your closest five people probably shifts to family and friends. You may even get to see loved ones who live far away. Good news! This can actually help lower your stress levels. Studies show ‘face-to-face interaction…counteracts the body’s defensive ‘fight-or-flight’ response.’ In other words, quality time spent with loved ones is nature’s stress reliever.”[5]

        So, now that you know some of the benefits, what are some ideas for making family time happen?

        How to Make Family Time Happen

        Here are four things you can do to make family time happen and spend more time with them.

        1. Family Dinners

        This, as I said above, is a wonderful way to spend time together. While you’re having dinner, you have the chance to discuss things that are going on in your lives—the ups, the downs, and everywhere in between. It’s like having a buffer against life’s challenges.

        Aside from that, eating dinner together has many additional benefits. Studies have shown that for kids who eat regularly with their families, there is less risk of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and depression.[6]

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        “Our belief in the ‘magic’ of family dinners is grounded in research on the physical, mental and emotional benefits of regular family meals.” It further states, “We recommend combining food, fun and conversation at mealtimes because those three ingredients are the recipe for a warm, positive family dinner—the type of environment that makes these scientifically proven benefits possible.”[7]

        According to Parenting NI, “children and adolescents who spend more time with their parents are less likely to get involved in risky behavior. According to studies done by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse via Arizona State University, teens who have infrequent family dinners are twice as likely to use tobacco, nearly twice as likely to use alcohol and one and a half times more likely to use marijuana.”[8]

        As you can see, there are multiple benefits to spending time with each other routinely. You can’t go wrong with this family activity.

        2.  Regular Movie Nights

        This is another fun event, although, from personal experience, I have to caution that choosing a movie that everyone wants to see is not easy. So, give yourselves plenty of time so you don’t spend two hours searching for a movie, and then end up watching no movie at all because the night is practically over. Try and choose a movie before the day, if possible.

        Afterward, open it up for discussion. Ask questions pertinent to the movie. What do you think of ABC? Should they have done that? Would you have done something differently? There are so many questions you can ask to spark a conversation and keep the night going.

        3. Game Night

        This is another occasion for great fun. If you have a competitive spirit, it makes it even more fun. There are numerous games out there—Balderdash, Pictionary, Apples to Apples, Charades, to name a few—that can create fun havoc. All I can say is, on game nights, don’t take yourself too seriously. It’s okay if you lose the game. The fun is in being together, laughing, debating, and having a good time.

        In addition, “Playing board games is great for children for many reasons besides the obvious; it’s fun to play games! Age appropriate games can help children to think strategically, solve problems creatively, work on pattern recognition and build simple math skills. They also help children develop social skills such as following rules, taking turns, and graceful winning or losing. Additionally, a family game night provides an opportunity for children to bond with siblings, parents and family members as well as peers. It can promote tradition building and establish a fun routine.”[9]

        So, go find your family a game and start having fun!

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        4. Sharing a Hobby

        If you and one of your kids like to do the same things, do it more often. For example, my oldest son and his teenage son go on long bike rides together on the weekends. Not only do they get to exercise, but they also get to talk and look at beautiful sceneries. They’ve also incorporated cooking into their routine. They plan the meal, shop, and prepare—activities that bring them closer together.

        Sharing a hobby is a great way to bring family members together. It bonds people in amazing ways. According to Alison Ratner Mayer, LICSW, “One of the easiest and most important ways to build a child’s self-esteem is to spend time with them doing something not only that they enjoy but something that you also enjoy. There is a special magic that happens between a parent and a child when they share a mutually beloved activity. It sends the message to the child that their parents are having fun, true, honest, real fun, with them.”[10]

        Final Thoughts

        Spending time with the family is an investment. It is an investment in the happiness, well-being, and security of that system. It can also serve as a way to break out of the daily rut and the constant worldly demands, while at the same time, building a strong family unit.

        Even though it isn’t always easy to find the time, finding the time is key to staying close and to providing and receiving love and support. There is no greater gift than the gift of time. That’s what we all seem to be missing nowadays. So, in giving that gift consistently, everyone feels loved and appreciated.

        The family that takes the time to interact regularly is typically happy. They know they are part of a tribe, and that’s essential in today’s chaotic world. To know that there are people whom you can count on—people who will have your back in times of need—is invaluable.

        Now, go and plan something plan with your family, if you haven’t already.

        Featured photo credit: Jimmy Dean via unsplash.com

        Reference

        [1] Pittsburgh Parent: Spending Time Together—Benefits of Family Time
        [2] Roots of Action: Integrity: How Families Teach and Live Their Values
        [3] Beyond Blue: Healthy Families
        [4] Esperance Anglican Community School: The importance of family time
        [5] Brandy Drzymkowski: Spending Time With Loved Ones Reduces Stress
        [6] Harvard Graduate School of Education: Harvard EdCast: The Benefit of Family Mealtime
        [7] The Family Dinner Project: BENEFITS OF FAMILY DINNERS
        [8] Parenting NI: The Importance of Spending Time Together
        [9] WNY Children: Family Game Night- The Benefits of Game Play
        [10] Child Therapy Boston: The Benefits of Sharing a Hobby With Your Child

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