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The 3 Ultimate Parenting Lifehacks to Raise a Future Entrepreneur

The 3 Ultimate Parenting Lifehacks to Raise a Future Entrepreneur
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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 July 22, 2021

        20 Healthy and Tasty Family Meals Ideas to Try This Week

        20 Healthy and Tasty Family Meals Ideas to Try This Week
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        It’s 5 p.m., and you’re exhausted. The kids are hungry, but no one knows what they want to eat for dinner. With very little energy, you force yourself into the kitchen and look through every cabinet, hoping for a spark of inspiration. Eventually, you toss a few ingredients together and hope for the best. It won’t win any prizes and falls short of what you consider “healthy,” but it fills everyone’s stomachs.

        Feeding a family can be stressful, even tiresome. It’s hard to find the energy and creativity needed to cook healthy but simple family meals. It’s easy to fall into the “anything goes” mentality. When you’ve got a busy lifestyle, meals become more about survival and less about nutrition.

        Here are 20 quick and healthy—but tasty—recipes followed by tips on making these family meals more nutritious. These recipes can help you have a healthy family meal on the table in an hour or less. Remember, swap ingredients out if someone in your family has dietary restrictions or if you avoid certain foods.

        1. Mini Meatloaves With Green Beans and Potatoes

          These miniature meatloaves come together quickly and cook faster, too. You can have a family favorite on the table, paired with seasoned potatoes and fresh green beans, in just 40 minutes.

          Get the recipe here.

          2. One-Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta

            This classic will taste like you spent hours cooking, but the preparation and clean-up couldn’t be quicker. One-pot cooking makes this dish practical, while fresh basil, parmesan, and garlic add a special touch.

            To try this recipe, go here.

            3. Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas

              Skip the restaurant and make fajitas at home. The ingredients go on one sheet pan, meaning you won’t spend all night cleaning. Zesty chicken, bell peppers, and warm tortillas can be on the table in 40 minutes. Add sour cream, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, diced tomato, and any other favorite toppings.

              Check out the recipe here.

              4. Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers

                Lose the carbs but keep the cheesesteak flavors with this quick family meal. Kids will love the pepper “bowls,” and you’ll love giving them a meal full of veggies and protein to keep them healthy.

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                Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                5. Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Burrito Bowl

                  This veggie-packed meal adds an extra boost by using the superfood quinoa instead of rice. Flavorful yet simple, this meal makes an excellent packable lunch or dinner for your whole family.

                  Find the recipe here.

                  6. Spinach and Chicken Skillet With Lemon and Parmesan

                    The complex flavors of lemon and parmesan come together nicely in this gourmet-like dish, but you don’t have to exert the effort or spend as much as a gourmet meal.

                    Get the recipe for this dish here.

                    7. Oven-Fried Fish and Chips

                      Fish and chips can also sometimes be healthy as evident in this oven-fried version. You won’t miss the calories with this favorite family meal.

                      You can find the recipe here.

                      8. Pineapple-Teriyaki Chicken

                        Tangy pineapple and sweet teriyaki will have everyone coming back for seconds. Frozen vegetables make this simple family dish even easier to make and enjoy.

                        Find the recipe here.

                        9. Mozzarella, Basil, and Zucchini Frittata

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                          This egg dish is usually served for breakfast, but a frittata can make a fantastic dinner, too. High in protein, packed with zucchini, and delicious, there’s no reason to wait until morning.

                          Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                          10. Chicken and Sweet Potato Grill Packets

                            Skip the pans and throw everything into foil with this fun family recipe. Kids will love loading ingredients into their pack, and you’ll love its versatility and simplicity.

                            The recipe for this meal can be found here.

                            11. Chicken and Spanish “Rice”

                              Cauliflower takes the place of rice in this low-carb family meal, but it’s so flavorful and filling, no one will miss it.

                              Find the recipe here.

                              12. Honey Chicken Stir Fry

                                This honey chicken stir fry is the healthier version of a restaurant favorite that can be served up quicker than you can order it.

                                Find the recipe here.

                                13. Chicken Skewers With Tzatziki

                                  Greek chicken and tzatziki sauce will have you yearning for the Mediterranean, but you can make this recipe at home for your family to enjoy.

                                  This easy recipe can be found here.

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                                  14. Healthy Walking Tacos

                                    Traditional walking tacos are a party favorite, but they’re not usually healthy. However, this recipe keeps it fun while making it more nutritious.

                                    Find out how to make it here.

                                    15. Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

                                      This classic comfort meal can be ready when you walk in the door. All you have to do is add noodles, and it’s ready to serve.

                                      The recipe can be found here.

                                      16. Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

                                        This usually takes a little over an hour, but the preparation time is only 30 minutes. You’ll love how easy it is, and the cheesy rice is sure to please.

                                        Find the recipe here.

                                        17. Crockpot Rotisserie-Style Chicken

                                          Skip the checkout line and have a rotisserie-style chicken ready at home. A staple in many quick meals, you might find this family meal recipe among your most-used.

                                          Get the recipe for this flavorful chicken here.

                                          18. Santa Monica Street Tacos

                                            Named after a simple taco found on the streets of California, you’ll be surprised that something with only a few ingredients can be so flavorful. Your kids will surely enjoy them.

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                                            Find the recipe here.

                                            19. Pizza Pasta Salad

                                              Enjoy the flavor of pizza without the hassle of making a crust. Use a fun pasta shape to make this even more appealing to your family, especially kids.

                                              Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                                              20. Slow-Cooker Lasagna Soup

                                                Everyone loves lasagna, but it can be time-consuming and messy to make. However, this soup version has the taste you want but with the ease of a crockpot.

                                                Get the recipe here.

                                                Bonus: 3 Simple Ways to Make Meals Healthier

                                                Eating healthy doesn’t have to take a lot of money, time, or thought. Any improvements are a big step in the right direction.

                                                Here are three easy ways you can make meals healthier for your family.

                                                1. Lose the Sugar

                                                Are you looking to improve your health? Cut processed sugars from your diet—the more, the better, and that includes artificial sweeteners.[1] Why? Studies show that sugar increases the risks for weight gain, heart disease, acne, type-2 diabetes, depression, cancer, fatty liver disease, cellular aging, and low energy levels.[2]

                                                2. Avoid Highly Processed Foods

                                                Many processed foods are fine to eat. Even fresh fruit and vegetables go through some processing to stay fresh longer. However, highly processed foods have added salt, sweeteners, saturated fats, preservatives, and artificial colors. These types of food have been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.[3]

                                                3. Replace Simple Carbs for Complex Carbs

                                                Lowering daily carbs can do wonders for your health. Studies show that low-carb diets lead to lower insulin levels, lower bad cholesterol levels, visceral fat loss, weight loss, reduced appetite, and can be therapeutic for many brain disorders.[4]

                                                When eating carbs, choose complex carbs over simple carbs. Simple carbs, such as white flour, rice, and degermed cornmeal, lack nutrients and spike blood sugar levels. Complex carbs, such as sweet potato, brown rice, and oats, are usually more nutritious and aren’t digested as quickly, giving more sustained energy and less of an insulin spike.[5]

                                                Enjoy Family Meals With Less Stress!

                                                Dinner can be enjoyable again now that you’re armed with simple and nutritious recipes for your family. These healthy and tasty family meal recipes can help you feel even better about what you serve. Best of all, you’ll have the extra time and energy you saved from cooking and spend more time with your family.

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                                                Featured photo credit: Jimmy Dean via unsplash.com

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