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The 3 Ultimate Parenting Lifehacks to Raise a Future Entrepreneur

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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        Published on April 9, 2021

        50 Single Mom Quotes On Staying Strong And Loving

        50 Single Mom Quotes On Staying Strong And Loving

        Being a mom is not easy. Being a single mom is even more challenging. Having children means you are on the job 24/7. Even while you are sleeping, you are still ready to wake at the slightest peep because that is what moms do.

        Moms, especially single moms, need more people cheering them on. Your love and care matter to your kids. You are their superhero. I think single moms are superheroes, too.

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        The quotes below are words of encouragement for all of the single moms out there. Keep up the great work! Your hard work will pay off. Someday, they will be grown up and living on their own. Your job will never truly be done as a mom, but you can pat yourself on the back today and every day for doing mom duty day in and day out.

        Here are 50 single mom quotes to encourage all the single moms out there.

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        1. “Being raised by a single mother, I learned to appreciate and value independent women.”—Kenny Conley
        2. “As a single mum you’ll discover inner strengths and capabilities you never knew you had.”—Emma-Louise Smith
        3. “One thing I know for sure – this motherhood thing is not for sissies.”—Jennifer Nettles
        4. “Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.”—Gail Tsukiyama
        5. “And one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong, and full of fire and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.”—Mark Anthony
        6. “She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t take them along.”—Margaret Culkin Banning
        7. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”—Alice Walker
        8. “Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.”—Anne Frank
        9. “Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.”—Jennifer Lopez
        10. “You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.”—Melissa Etheridge
        11. “Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.”—Ricki Lake
        12. “You don’t take a class; you’re thrown into motherhood and learn from experience.”—Jennie Finch
        13. “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”—Oprah Winfrey
        14. “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”—Charlotte Brontë
        15. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”—Nora Ephron
        16. “When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.”—Diane Von Furstenberg
        17. “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”—Margaret Thatcher
        18. “Women have discovered that they cannot rely on men’s chivalry to give them justice.”—Helen Keller
        19. “Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.”—Sharon Jaynes
        20. “Success, they taught me, is built on the foundation of courage, hard work, and individual responsibility. Despite what some would have us believe, success is not built on resentment and fears.”—Susana Martinez
        21. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”—Maya Angelou
        22. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”—Ayn Rand
        23. “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”—Rudyard Kipling
        24. “The women whom I love and admire for their strength and grace did not get that way because stuff worked out. They got that way because stuff went wrong, and they handled it. They handled it in a thousand different ways on a thousand different days, but they handled it. Those women are my superheroes.”—Elizabeth Gilbert
        25. “There will be so many times you feel like you failed. But in the eyes, ears, and mind of your child, you are a SUPER MOM.”—Stephanie Precourt
        26. “Motherhood is the ultimate call to sacrifice.”—Wangechi Mutu
        27. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”—Maya Angelou
        28. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”—Princess Diana
        29. “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.”—Jill Churchill
        30. “There’s no doubt that motherhood is the best thing in my life. It’s all that really matters.”—Courtney Cox
        31. “I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.”—Mitch Albom
        32. “I have found being a mother has made me emotionally raw in many situations. Your heart is beating outside your body when you have a baby.”—Kate Beckinsale
        33. “Single moms, you are a doctor, a teacher, a nurse, a maid, a cook, a referee, a heroine, a provider, a defender, a protector, a true Superwoman. Wear your cape proudly.”—Mandy Hale
        34. “I’m not really single. I mean, I am, but I have a son. Being a single mother is different from being a single woman.”—Kate Hudson
        35. “Being a single parent is twice the work, twice the stress, and twice the tears but also twice the hugs, twice the love, and twice the pride.”—Unknown
        36. “For me, motherhood is learning about the strengths I didn’t know I had, and dealing with the fears I didn’t know existed.”—Halle Berry
        37. “A single mom tries when things are hard. She never gives up. She believes in her family, even when things are tough. She knows that above all things… a mother’s love is more than enough.”—Denice Williams
        38. “You do the best you can. Some days you feel really good about yourself and some days you don’t.”—Katie Holmes
        39. “I would say to any single parent currently feeling the weight of stereotype or stigmatization that I am prouder of my years as a single mother than of any other part of my life.”JK Rowling
        40. “Just because I am a single mother doesn’t mean I cannot be a success.”—Yvonne Kaloki
        41. “I didn’t plan on being a single mom, but you have to deal with the cards you are dealt the best way you can.”—Tichina Arnold
        42. “Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.”—Garrison Keillor
        43. “A single mom tries when things are hard. She never gives up. She believes in her family, even when things are tough. She knows that above all things, a mother’s love is more than enough.”—Deniece Williams
        44. “Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.”—Meryl Streep
        45. “Having kids—the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings—is the biggest job anyone can embark on.”—Maria Shriver
        46. “Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.”—Cheryl Lacey Donovan
        47. “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”—Agatha Christie
        48. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”—Princess Diana
        49. “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”—W.R. Wallace
        50. “Being a mother is the greatest blessing and the hardest challenge in all of life.”—Dr. Magdalena Battles

        Final Thoughts

        Single moms are remarkable women. They are to be respected and honored for all that they do. If you know a single mom, then share this article with them. Tell them “you are doing a great job as a single mom.” They need our encouragement and support.

        They may be parenting alone, but it is good to let them know that there are people in their life who care for them. We can all be there for the single moms out there. Even if it is just to say, “keep up the great work, you are an amazing woman!”

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        If you are a single mom, keep up the good work! You are amazing, and your kids are lucky to have you!

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