9 Ways A Home Based Business Influences Your Children
I really love this topic.
Our children learn from us, moreso by what we do and how we respond rather than just words barked at them with “do this” or “do that”.
As adults we have fears and inhibitions where children do not. Is it right to tell our children to reach for the stars, dream big dreams, go for what they want, be an achiever, and then cheer them on all the way….yet they see us cower, talk negatively about our abilities and hear the words, “hard”, “I can’t”, and a bunch of simple “I wish, if only”.
Don’t you know that your children watch your every move?
They listen to your every word.
They see you respond to your every glitch.
YOU ARE THEIR GREATEST TEACHER
When you can dream big dreams and reach for the stars by taking action and doing what’s necessary to achieve success in your home business, you are role modeling and leading the way for them.
There’s no excuses. Only solutions.
Here are areas of their childhood wherein you have the opportunity to role model for them many great lifeskills and attributes such as hard work, integrity, problem solving, commitment, balance, priorities, time management, risk/reward and others pay off.
Let’s look at a couple of these more closely.
1 Goal setting and vision boards: Let them see you make goals and create a vision board. You know, just like the collages you made as a kid with Elmer’s glue and a piece of poster board. Cut out pictures of what you want.
2 Celebrate small successes as well as big ones. Perhaps you can go rent a movie when you achieve a small goal. Or have pizza or ice cream. You can celebrate the bigger ones by doing something bigger, like a day at the water park or bowling or an overnight trip to the city.
3 Power of words: Your words create your reality. Let positive “can do” words flow from your mouth, even when things go wrong.
4 Problem solving: Let your kids here you say, “Okay, this happened… so what’s good about this?” And come up with a positive answer. Let them see you troubleshoot with a few options for moving past challenges and problems. Don’t dwell on the problem. Dwell on the solution.
5 Personal Development: Let them see you read personal growth books and share with you learned with them. Let them see you put into practice what you learned. Turn your car into a traveling university, off the with music and in with CD’s about success, inspiration, motivation.
6 Hard work and commitment: While keeping in balance with your priorities, let them see you work and keep your word. The key here to let them see you never give up. Ever.
7 Balance and priority: Let them see you put them before your business. This does not mean they control your time. It means you have scheduled your days to make sure you’re there for them for their school activities, dinner time, homework and play time and tuck them in bed. Work your business schedule around their prime time. It’s important that they never feel neglected.
You also want to make sure they see the household is in order, you have your date night, church time, workout time, etc. Balance is one of the hardest things to get ahold of. Role model that for them.
8 Integrity: Stand up for what’s right all the time.
9 Time Management: Go over your calendar with the kids and their schedule to make sure everyone and everything gets done. Simple, right?
I love seeing kids with lemonade stands and I always stop and buy a glass or 4 whether I want it or not. I encourage all parents to help kids think of ideas using their gifts, talents and interests to make money. Even if it’s raking leaves or mixing lemonade.
Truth is, not all kids are cut out for college. There are other options in life besides that. Role model home business entrepreneurship in a positive, respectful and enjoyable way and you’ll be setting the stage for their success in whatever they decide to do. These are all necessary skills to master as they journey through life.
All the best my friends.
PS: Reach out to me and let’s talk if you think you’d like to start a home business and I’ll share with you what’s in my portfolio.