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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 November 7, 2018

        How to Homeschool in the 21st Century (For All Types of Parents & Kids)

        How to Homeschool in the 21st Century (For All Types of Parents & Kids)

        In 2016, it was estimated that 1.7 million children were being homeschooled in the U.S, roughly 3.3% of all school-aged children.[1] Although this may not sound like a big portion of the population, the growth rate of homeschooling has been 7 to15% per year for the last two decades.

        The burgeoning numbers are not a coincidence. There are tremendous benefits to homeschooling, including one-on-one teaching, adaptability to individual needs and learning styles, a safe learning environment, encouraging learning for knowledge rather than grades, and tailoring a curriculum to the child’s interests.

        Is homeschooling something that you have been considering for your family? With all of the tools and resources available for homeschoolers in the 21st century, it may be easier than you think.

        How to Homeschool (Getting Started)

        After thinking it through, you’ve decided that homeschooling is the right step for you and your family. Now what? Here are the first things you should do to get your homeschooling journey started on the right track.

        Figure Out the Laws

        Homeschooling is regulated by the state, not the federal government. The first step is to find the current and accurate legal requirements mandated by your state in order to educate your child legally.[2]

        The regulations can vary widely, from strict guidelines to no guidelines at all. However, don’t be overwhelmed by the legal jargon. There are many resources and local communities for homeschooling families that can help you figure out the logistics.

        Decide on an Approach

        Every child’s needs are different. This is your chance to choose the homeschooling style or combination of styles that best fits your child’s learning style and interests. A brief description of seven different homeschooling methods are listed below.

        Supplies/Resources

        Often times, purchasing a homeschooling curriculum is done too early in the planning process, resulting in buyer’s remorse.

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        A curriculum is not always needed for homeschooling, and other types of free or less structured resources are readily available.

        Find a Community

        Getting connected with a community of homeschoolers is one of the most important parts of building a successful and thriving homeschool environment for your kids.

        Look for communities online for virtual support or a local group that you and your kids can interact with. Partnering with others fosters better socialization skills for the students and provides opportunities for field trips, classes, and outings that wouldn’t have otherwise been a part of the homeschooling experience.

        7 Different Homeschooling Methods

        1. School-At-Home

        Also known as Traditional homeschool, School-At-Home uses essentially the same curriculum as the local private or public school but at home.

        The lessons can be completed independently, but more commonly, they are administered by a parent or a teacher-facilitated online school.

        • Benefits: formal standards, wide selection of curricula, same pace as peers, short-term friendly
        • Drawbacks: expensive, inflexible, time consuming, parent can get easily burnt out
        • Resources: K12, Time4Learning, Abeka

        2. Classical

        One of the most popular homeschooling methods used, it borrows educational practices from Ancient Greece and Rome. Subject areas are studied chronologically so that students can understand the consequence of ideas over time.

        Socratic dialogue fosters effective discussions and debate to achieve beyond mere comprehension. There is often a strong emphasis on Great Books[3] as well as Greek and Latin.

        3. Unit Studies

        Rather than breaking up education into subjects, unit studies approach each topic as a whole, studying it from the perspective of each subject area.

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        For example, a unit study about animals could include reading books about animals, learning about the classification of animals, figuring out which animals live on which continents, etc. This method is often used as a technique in other more comprehensive educational methodologies.

        • Benefits: promotes thinking about concepts as a whole, not monotonous or redundant, student-directed, bolsters weaker subject areas, beneficial for teaching multi-age students
        • Drawbacks: incomplete, knowledge gaps, curriculum-dependent
        • Resources: Unit Study, Unit Studies, Unit Studies Made Easy, Konos

        4. Charlotte Mason

        This Christian homeschooling style utilizes shorts periods of study (15-20 minute max for elementary, 45 minute max for high school), along with nature walks and history portfolios.

        Students are encouraged to practice observation, memorization, and narration often. With a focus on “living books” (stories with heroes, life lessons, socio-ethical implications), reading plays a big role in this student-paced teaching style.

        5. Montessori

        Maria Montessori developed this method through working with special needs children in the early 20th century.

        With a primary focus on the student setting the pace and indirect instruction from the teacher, this approach includes free movement, large unstructured time blocks (up to 3 hours), multi-grade classes, and individualized learning plans based on interests.

        6. Unschooling

        Unschooling is a learning model largely based on the work of John Holt.[4] The teaching style focuses mainly on the students’ interests, putting priority on experiential, activity-based, and learn as you go approaches.

        For basic skills such as reading, writing, and math, a systematic technique is employed, but testing and evaluations are typically not utilized. Teachers, in general, play more of a facilitator role.

        7. Eclectic/Relaxed

        As the most popular method of homeschool, eclectic homeschooling is child-directed, resourceful, and non-curriculum based.

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        Parents can sample any combination of homeschooling methods and styles or resources. One growing sector of eclectic homeschooling combines part homeschooling with part traditional schooling.

        How to Facilitate Homeschooling with Technology

        One of the reasons homeschooling is more feasible than ever before is due to the accessibility of tools and resources to enhance the learning process.

        Email

        Email is a tool that has really stood the test of time. Invented in 1972, it is still used today as a primary means of communicating on the Internet.

        It is a great way to share assignments, links, and videos between parent and student.

        Google Drive/Calendar

        Google Drive offers a multitude of essential programs that can come in handy for homeschoolers, such as Docs, Sheets, Slides, and more.

        With its sharing capabilities, easy accessibility, and auto-save ability, it’s easier than ever to organize and complete assignments. It will improve students’ writing and typing skills, as well as eliminate the need for paper.

        Google Calendar is an excellent tool for tracking assignment due dates, planning field trips and activities, and developing time management skills.

        Ebooks

        Rather than invest in physical copies of books, ebooks are a wonderful option for saving money and space. There are plenty of places that offer a free or paid subscription to a wide selection of ebooks:

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        E-Courses

        When a structured curriculum is necessary for teaching a certain topic, an e-course is the way to go.

        From watercolors to calculus, there are e-courses available about almost everything. Including different teaching styles that vary from the parents will encourage students to learn in different ways.

        The visual and auditory stimulation will also be beneficial in helping students understand and retain the concepts being taught.

        Some recommendations:

        Youtube

        Youtube is not just a platform for music videos and cats doing funny things. There are a number of Youtube channels that produce quality educational videos, free of charge.

        Creating a playlist of videos for various topics is a great way to supplement a homeschool education.

        Some recommendations:

        Final Thoughts

        Homeschooling in the current age looks much different than it did ten years ago. There are more options and more flexibility when it comes to educating kids at home.

        Don’t be overwhelmed by the idea of homeschooling your children if it could make a positive impact on your family.

        Featured photo credit: Hal Gatewood via unsplash.com

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