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Like A Boss! 8 Entrepreneurial Skills Your Children Should Learn

Like A Boss! 8 Entrepreneurial Skills Your Children Should Learn

As humans, we are always learning new things and skills off of each other to help us improve and this doesn’t change whether you’re a child or an adult.

Teaching some of the essential skills that entrepreneurs need to succeed in business to children at a young age can pay massive dividends, as it can not only help them be better people and be better at understanding others around them but it can also teach them about how best to tackle situations in the future. Knowing how to handle success or failure can be a great asset for anyone to possess.

Richard Branson put it brilliantly, when he said:

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.”

Life experiences can be the biggest lesson that anyone could ever take in learning how to succeed in life. The latest infographic from Pumpic, the cell phone monitoring app, have looked at 8 entrepreneurial skills that can be easily taught and introduced to the children around us to help them prepare to take on their own life experiences.

1. Resilience

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    “Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive.”

    – Jamais Cascio

    Developing a thick skin is essential for anyone to get by in life. There will always be setbacks and hurdles that we will need to overcome and accomplish so be able to have the determination to get back when suffering a blow will be a great skill to have. To inspire this amongst children allow them the opportunity to express their emotions without minimizing their feelings. There are a number of apps out there that can help children to understand their negative feelings and can in turn help them turn them into more positive feelings.

    2. Innovation and creativity

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      “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
      – Steve Jobs

      Having the ability to think outside the box will able to help anyone solve complex problems and come up with the correct solution needed. Any entrepreneur out there needs to have the creative thinking and understanding to be able to make their place in business. Children can develop their innovative and creative streaks by simply playing. Children engage all of their creative energies when they play. Just make sure it’s not limited to just PC or mobile games, mix it up a bit and let them think and come up with own ideas.

      3. Industriousness

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        “I learned the value of hard work by working hard.”
        – Margaret Mead

        The best entrepreneurs need to have a good working mentality and to understand the value of hard work. To build a strong work ethic among your children, be sure to build independence by giving your kids select chores and duties to do. By giving them the responsibility to get things done they will understand how much it pays off in the end. Lead by example and reduce your own bad habits, including putting your cell phone or tablet away.

        4. Curiosity

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          “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

          – Walt Disney

          Being curious about the world is the best way to figure out how you can add and improve it. Entrepreneurs need to be lifelong learners to be successful and are always looking for the next way to better themselves. Encourage children to start a new hobby and to pursue their interests, even if they are wacky and a bit odd! Taking children to activity centres, museums and other creative spaces will only help to boost their intuitiveness and curiosity.

          5. Self-confidence

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            “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.”
            – Arthur Ashe

            Having the ability to believe in yourself and what you’re worth is the cornerstone example of leading a successful life and will help give you the right push needed to take risks and see things fully through to the end. You’ll never realize how having the faith in your own ideas and beliefs will take you far. Encourage children to have their own opinion and allow them enough opportunities to make decisions on their own accord – even if it’s not something you’d do or agree with, it will give them the freedom and chance to express themselves freely without judgement.

            6. Empathy

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              “When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That’s when you can get more creative in solving problems.”
              – Stephen Covey

              Being able to understand, relate to and also support one another will only help take you on leaps and bounds throughout your life and career. Successful entrepreneurs need to be able to understand just how important empathy is to success and can massively help to establish the positive connections needed to get by. Respect your children’s own opinions and individuality and let them be open with their emotions and express them how they feel best to.

              7. Optimism

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                “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
                – Helen Keller

                Entrepreneurs need to become great models of expressing optimism. Their efforts to make things happen, and to keep going until they do so, can be a great inspiration to us all. Have a positive outlook and it will have some massive advantages to not only your career, but also to your health. Lead by example – Share positive stories and inspirational videos like TED talks to help them see how other people remain optimistic through thick and thin. If all else fails, just tell them to think one thing: Just keep swimming.

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                8. Giving back

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                  “What is important is family, friends, giving back to your community and finding meaning in life.”
                  – Adrian Grenier

                  By encouraging children to help out around the neighborhood or local community, even with something as small as raking leaves for an elderly couple, they can learn the importance of social responsibility. True visionaries aren’t selfish and look for a way to make the world better for EVERYONE instead of one that just makes it better for themselves.

                  Whilst your children might be a bit too young to be heading into the executive boardroom, it’s never too early to teach them these essential skills that can help them thrive in pretty much any situation in their lifetime. You never know, they may be able to teach you a thing or too as well.

                  Check out the infographic below for some more invaluable entrepreneurial skills that you can teach your children, and go forth as the best parent ever.

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                    Featured photo credit: Andrés Nieto Porras via flickr.com

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                    Published on December 14, 2018

                    14 Helpful Tips for Single Parents: How to Stay Sane While Doing it All

                    14 Helpful Tips for Single Parents: How to Stay Sane While Doing it All

                    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over 27% of children under the age of 18 are living with a single parent.[1] That’s over 1/4th of the U.S. population.There is a common misconception that children who grow up in single parent homes are not as successful as children living in two-parent homes.

                    One crucial detail that was often left out of studies when comparing single and two-parent homes was the stability of the household. There is a correlation between family structure and family stability, but this study shows that children who grow up in stable single-parent homes do as well as those in married households in terms of academic abilities and behavior.

                    But providing stability is easier said than done. With only one adult to act as a parent, some tasks are inherently more challenging. However, there are a few helpful things you can do to make the parenting journey a little easier for yourself and stay sane while doing it.

                    1. Don’t Neglect Self-Care

                    Before anything else can be done, you must be caring for your own needs adequately. Only when you are feeling well-rested and healthy can you be at your best for your children.

                    Many parents tend to put their kids’ needs first and their owns last, but that will result in a never-ending cycle of exhaustion and feelings of inadequacy. Make time to eat regularly and healthfully, get plenty of rest, and squeeze in exercise whenever you can. Even a short walk around the neighborhood will help your body get much-needed movement and fresh air.

                    Your children depend on you, and it’s up to you to make sure that you are well-equipped and ready to take on that responsibility.

                    2. Join Forces with Other Single Parents

                    At times, it may seem like you’re the only person who knows what it’s like to be a single parent. However, the statistics say that there are many others who know exactly what you’re going through.

                    Find single parents locally, through your kid’s school, extracurricular activities, or even an app. There are also numerous online communities that can offer support and advice, through Facebook or sites like Single Mom Nation.

                    Although single moms make up the majority of single parents, there are more than 2.6 million single dads in the U.S. A great way to connect is through Meetup. Other single parents will more than happy to arrange babysitting swaps, playdates, and carpools.

                    Join forces in order to form mutually beneficial relationships.

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                    3. Build a Community

                    In addition to finding support with other single parents, also build a community comprised of families of all different types. Rather than focus solely on the single parent aspect of your identity, look for parents and kids who share other things in common.

                    Join a playgroup, get plugged in at a church, or get to know the parents of the kids involved in the same extracurricular activities. Having a community of a variety of people and families will bring diversity and excitement into your and your kids’ lives.

                    4. Accept Help

                    Don’t try to be a superhero and do it all yourself. There are probably people in your life who care about you and your kids and want to help you. Let them know what types of things would be most appreciated, whether it’s bringing meals once a week, helping with rides to school, or giving you time to yourself.

                    There is no shame in asking for help and accepting assistance from loved ones. You will not be perceived as weak or incompetent. You are being a good parent by being resourceful and allowing others to give you a much-needed break.

                    5. Get Creative with Childcare

                    Raising a child on a single income is a challenge, with the high cost of daycares, nannies, and other conventional childcare services. More affordable options are possible if you go a less traditional route.

                    If you have space and live in a college town, offer a college student housing in exchange for regular childcare. Or swap kids with other single parents so that your kids have friends to play with while the parents get time to themselves.

                    When I was younger, my parents had a group of five family friends, and all of the children would rotate to a different house each day of the week, during the summer months. The kids would have a great time playing with each other, and the parents’ job becomes a lot easier. That’s what you would call a win-win situation.

                    6. Plan Ahead for Emergencies

                    As a single parent, a backup plan or two is a must in emergency situations. Make a list of people you know you can call in a moment’s notice. There will be times in which you need help, and it’s important to know ahead of time who you can rely on.

                    Look into whether or not your area offers emergency babysitting services or a drop-in daycare. Knowing who will be able to care for your child in the event of an emergency can relieve one potential source of anxiety in stressful situations.

                    7. Create a Routine

                    Routines are crucial for young children because knowing what to expect gives them a semblance of control. This is even more important when in a single parent home.

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                    If the child travels between homes or has multiple caretakers, life can seem extremely chaotic and unpredictable. Establish a routine and schedule for your child as much as possible. This can include bedtime, before/after school, chores, meal times, and even a weekend routine.

                    Having a routine does not mean things cannot change. It is merely a default schedule to fall back on when no additional events or activities are going on. When your children know what to expect, they will be less resistant because they know what to expect, and days will run much more smoothly.

                    8. Be Consistent with Rules and Discipline

                    If your child has multiple caretakers, such as another parent, grandparent, or babysitter, communicate clearly on how discipline will be handled. Talk to your ex, if you are sharing custody, as well as any other caretakers about the rules and the agreed-upon approach to discipline.

                    When a child realizes that certain rules can be bent with certain people, he/she will use it to their advantage, causing additional issues with limits, behavior, and discipline down the road.

                    This article may help you to discipline your child better:

                    How to Discipline a Child (The Complete Guide for Different Ages)

                    9. Stay Positive

                    Everyone has heard the saying, “Mind over matter.” But there really is so much power behind your mentality. It can change your perspective and make a difficult situation so much better.

                    Your kids will be able to detect even the smallest shift in your attitude. When the responsibilities of motherhood are overwhelming, stay focused on the positive things in your life, such as your friends and family. This will produce a much more stable home environment.

                    Maintain your sense of humor and don’t be afraid to be silly. Look towards the future and the great things that are still to come for you and your family. Rediscover and redefine your family values.

                    10. Move Past the Guilt

                    In a single parent home, it is impossible to act as both parents, regardless of how hard you try. Let go of the things that you cannot do as a single parent, and instead, think of the great things you ARE able to provide for your children.

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                    Leave behind the notion that life would be easier or better with two parents. This is simply not true. There is a multitude of pros and cons to all family dynamics, and the one you are providing for your kids now is the one that they need.

                    Don’t get bogged down by guilt or regret. Take control of your life and be the best parent you can by being present and engaged with them on a daily basis.

                    11. Answer Questions Honestly

                    Your kids may have questions about why their home situation is different from many of their friends. When asked, don’t sugarcoat the situation or give them an answer that is not accurate.

                    Depending on their age, take this opportunity to explain the truth of what happened and how the current circumstances came about. Not all families have two parents, whether that is due to divorce, death, or whatever else life brings.

                    Don’t give more detail than necessary or talk badly about the other parent. But strive to be truthful and honest. Your children will benefit more from your candor than a made-up story.

                    12. Treat Kids Like Kids

                    In the absence of a partner, it can be tempting to rely on your children for comfort, companionship, or sympathy. But your kids are not equipped to play this role for you.

                    There are many details within an adult relationship that children are not able to understand or process, and it will only cause confusion and resentment.

                    Do not take out your anger on your kids. Separate your emotional needs from your role as a mother. If you find yourself depending on your kids too much, look for adult friends or family members that you can talk to about your issues.

                    13. Find Role Models

                    Find positive role models of the opposite sex for your child. It’s crucial that your child does not form negative associations with an entire gender of people.

                    Find close friends or family members that would be willing to spend one-on-one time with your kids. Encourage them to form meaningful relationships with people that you trust and that they can look up to.

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                    Role models can make a huge difference in the path that a child decides to take, so be intentional about the ones that you put in your kids’ lives.

                    14. Be Affectionate and Give Praise

                    Your children need your affection and praise on a daily basis. Engage with your kids as often as possible by playing with them, going on outings, and encouraging open dialogue.

                    Affirm them in the things that they are doing well, no matter how small. Praise their efforts, rather than their achievements. This will inspire them to continue to put forth hard work and not give up when success is not achieved.

                    Rather than spending money on gifts, spend time and effort in making lasting memories.

                    Final Thoughts

                    Being a single parent is a challenging responsibility to take on. Without the help of a partner to fall back on, single parents have a lot more to take on.

                    However, studies show that growing up in a single parent home does not have a negative effect on achievement in school. As long as the family is a stable and safe environment, kids are able to excel and do well in life.

                    Use these tips in order to be a reliable and capable parent for your kids, while maintaining your own well-being and sanity.

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