What Can We Do To Encourage Our Children’s Business Mindset?

While it’s difficult enough as an adult to run a successful business, if we are doing our best to prepare our children for the business world, it’s important that we help to develop their entrepreneurial mindset. In many ways, it’s this mindset that will keep them going through good times and bad. And if you have a child that is showing signs that they will benefit in the business arena, that they are leaders rather than followers, or they have an abundance of ideas, are there anything we can do to nurture this mindset as soon as possible?

Pointing Them Towards The Right Resources

Much like the class project where children look after a hamster or an egg to teach them the rules of responsibility, you can start to instill the idea of professional responsibility early on in life. Nowadays, a blog is a stepping stone towards running bigger businesses, and resources like OnBiz can help to instill the right tools in our children. The big issue with the internet is that there’s a lot of misinformation out there, pointing our children towards the right resources helps ensure they are learning good stuff early on. They will be able to tell the difference between good and bad resources as they get older.

Ideas Are A Dime A Dozen…

It’s in the execution where an idea is worth something. And while children are young, they are, arguably, at their most creative. Encouraging them to come out with as many ideas as possible at this stage, either through play, or general creativity, could serve them well later in life. And while ideas are great, and we need to encourage this constant flow, we have to teach these children how to extract the gold out of these ideas. The greatest entrepreneurs don’t just have ideas, but they know how to transform them into something that “has legs”.

Giving Our Children The Tools To Cope

And it’s not just enough to give our children the information and the means so much to realize ideas, but we have to prepare them for the veritable ups and downs of business. Many budding entrepreneurs now step into running their own business without prior knowledge of what they’re letting themselves in for. If we teach our children, not the fact that it’s going to be difficult, but the internal resources that can help them through difficult times, they will minimize stress, and they will learn to function through these difficulties. It’s not enough to give our children the skills to get the job they want, educationional institutions these days need to factor in the realization that children can succumb to stress, arguably more so than their parents and preceding generations. Running a business is one of the most stressful things anybody can do, but if we can teach our children how best to cope with these anxieties, they will have tools for life.

Teaching our children the entrepreneurial mindset isn’t just about the facts and figures, it’s about ensuring they’ve got what it takes in their brain to cope with everything that flies their way.

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Helping Your Child Develop Empathy

Empathy is a strongly needed quality among all people. It is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. With more empathy comes more compassion, lower crime rates, and more unity among everyone. Although empathy comes more naturally to certain people, it is something we should all strive for.

There are ways we can help our children to grow in this quality. Here are a few ideas for assisting your child with their development of this trait.

Be Empathetic Towards Your Child

If you wish for your child to become strong in the area of empathy, you need to model this behavior towards him (or her). Always be willing to see things from your child’s perspective, and try to identify with his feelings. If your child feels hurt about something you said, see the situation from his perspective. Apologize to him for your harsh or uncaring words, and mirror back in your words what he has told you. Help him understand that you see things from his point of view, as this is one of the best ways to show him what true empathy is all about.

Be Empathetic Towards Others

If someone has done something that made you feel upset, stop and think instead of lashing out. Let your child see you showing empathy in action. Think about the other person and what may have caused their reaction, words or attitude towards you. Verbalize it with your child so they can see the thought process behind being intentionally empathetic. This will teach them the process so that they too can begin to use it in their own thinking.

Teach Your Child to Care For the Plight of Others

Talk to your children about the struggles that others go through. Show your concern, and ask your child if they have any ideas about how you could care for and assist those individuals. Stop any statements and feelings that show a judgemental attitude towards those in need, whether those needs are financial, physical, emotional or other.

Explain how people can end up in various situations through factors that are beyond their control. This helps your child to see their own privilege, and to understand that we should all show compassion towards every person we meet, no matter what situation they are in at the moment.

Find Ways to Give as a Family

A great way to show empathy in action is to volunteer. Join forces with the rest of your family and put your energy to use by volunteering your time to those who need it the most. Serve meals together at a shelter, or put together care kits for the less fortunate. Become friends with those you serve, so that instead of seeing them as charity, your child is made aware that these are fellow humans with whom you have much in common.

Holding empathy towards others is an important characteristic for our children who will someday run society. It is one of the greatest lessons anyone can learn. Develop this characteristic in your child to make a future that is better for us all.

What Children Need to Know about Being Reliable

Reliability is an important life lesson that unfortunately does not come naturally to everyone. It is a quality that makes people easier to get along with. It can be frustrating to be in a relationship with someone who is not reliable, as it brings confusion and inconvenience to both the other person and everyone else around.

By being reliable, your child will become known by their behavior, and will eventually become a pillar in their community because of their trustworthiness. Here are some points about being reliable that once learned, will strengthen this quality in your child.

Reliability Takes Effort

Being reliable is not easy, and it does not generally come naturally. It is in our human nature to want to do whatever is convenient and whatever takes little effort on our part. In order to be known as reliable, we must be in a state of constant growth. It takes an effort to think ahead so that we will not be caught in situations where we feel powerless because of a lack of planning. This does get easier over time, but it is a continuous effort on our part. Teach this to your child, so they are not surprised by how difficult it can be to make yourself reliable.

Reliability Takes Discipline

Those who are lazy and don’t want to put in much effort are never those who are known as reliable. If you want the reputation of being a reliable person, it takes self-discipline to make it happen. If you want to be on time to your commitments, it takes some planning.

Start with a normal routine to teach this to your child, such as the school day routine. Talk to your child about how they can streamline the process by doing little things such as getting their clothes ready the night before, planning what breakfast they will eat, and setting their alarm clock with sufficient time to get ready for the day. This gives them the structure that makes reliability more likely.

Reliability Takes Practice

Getting it right doesn’t happen on the first time. If often takes several tries and several failures. It will eventually happen, though, and you will be rewarded by your effort as you see things coming together little by little. Teach your child to strive for perfection, but not to beat themselves up over not reaching their goals in a perfect manner. Train them to reward themselves with any improvement on their part, in this and all areas.

Reliability Takes Determination

Being reliable takes determination. It is easy to give up and let things slide. However, it is an important enough quality that it is worth pursuing wholeheartedly. Remind your child that this is a quality worth striving for.

Reliability is sorely lacking in our world today. Many people fall into the habit of keeping life convenient for themselves and often forget about their importance to others in the process. By teaching our children to be reliable when it comes to their availability and their promises, we will create the great leaders of tomorrow.

Critical Life Skills That Every Child Needs To Thrive

Whether you are a parent or an educator, you will want to help facilitate the learning that kids need not just to succeed in the classroom, but also to thrive in the modern world. Of course, this can be a complicated and challenging task, but the following skills below are a great place to begin.

Teaching your child to thrive is crucial for their happiness.

How to listen to their own inner voice

Children in our era have a lot of pressure put on them. It comes from home, from their peers, from school, from church, and increasingly from online platforms such as social media. A topic you can read more about at https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/. What this means in that they are inundated with standards for doing things that are often contrary, confusing, and sometimes even negative as well.

This is why it’s so important to foster a sense of self in children, and this means getting them to be able to listen to what their inner voice is saying. Yes, we can get too caught up in ensuring the stick to all the rules in life and do what they are told.  

However, actually learning to evaluate decisions for themselves and take responsibility for these is also a crucial part of the process of maturing. It’s also one that they will need to master as well if they are to thrive in the world as they grow.

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How to Raise Children to Be Good Leaders

It’s been said that leadership starts at home. It just may be that leadership is, at least in part, an outgrowth of early training. There is disagreement among experts as to just how much leadership is inborn and just how much is learned, and there is really no way to settle that disagreement. It’s likely that it’s a combination of learning and natural ability. My belief is that leadership can be taught.

If you’d like to do what you can to raise your children to be good leaders, here are some tips that may help.

1. Teach Them to Think

Some sources point out that the school system, public and private, teaches kids what to think rather than how to think. Of course, there are probably exceptions to this – special schools and special teachers – but it’s entirely possible that your kids are not being taught how to think. So whether you homeschool or have your kids in public school, you might try some of these exercises to help your kids think on their own.

* Give them an age-appropriate reading assignment that expresses a particular point of view. An opinion piece in the newspaper is a good place to start. Ask what your child thinks about it, and have him or her write an age-appropriate response to the piece. Do the same thing with an article that expresses the opposite or a different view.

* Encourage them to read work that covers a range of opinions and views.

* Ask them if they agree or disagree, and why.

* Any time your child reads something, ask him (or her) what he thinks about it. Find out what he gleaned from the reading rather than finding out if he picked up what she was “supposed to” from the reading.

Leaders tend to be independent thinkers, so these exercises may go a long way toward teaching your child to be a good leader.

2. Teach Organization

This may be something of a challenge for parents who aren’t that organized to begin with! And for those parents who

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How to Be an Effective Leader for Children

There’s a lot of talk these days about leadership, and the need for children to have strong leaders. Whether you are working with children who are yours or you’re a teacher/mentor/leader for others’ children, learning how to lead them effectively is important. Whether you’re wanting to lead your children to practice a healthy lifestyle, increase communication, or something else, good leadership is a way to reach your goals with the children in your care.

But how do you become a good leader for kids? It can be hard to know if you’re not accustomed to it, or if you didn’t have strong leaders when you were a child. Here are some tips.

Set an Example

You’ve probably heard “lead by example,” but that means more than just doing something and hoping your kids will notice and copy your behavior. It also means being deliberate in setting an example, and you’ll need to refrain from certain behaviors and watch what you say.

For instance, if you want your children to be patient with others – a key leadership attribute – then take care that you’re patient with them. If you want your children to be able to make decisions like a leader, then make sure you’re not making all of their decisions for them. To lead by example, you need to think about more than just living out healthy, positive lifestyle choices (although that’s important, too). It’s also a matter of setting an example of how to treat others.

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Teaching Your Child to Be Tactful

Tactfulness is the art of using discretion and sensitivity when speaking and relating to those around you. It is a great quality that helps one avoid awkward situations, and become a better friend to everyone. Children are born quite the opposite of this trait, but it is easier for them to understand as they grow older. If your child can learn to be tactful as a young person, it will save them from a lot of misunderstanding. Here is how you can help your child to become a tactful individual who is comfortable in their conversations both with friends and strangers.

Teaching Your Child about Telling the Truth

Our children need to know that honesty is important, and must be taught to tell the truth. Give them a foundation in what being honest is all about, and what it isn’t. Some people mistakenly believe that being honest means they can say whatever they want, whenever they want to. This is not true, and it can be hurtful and harmful to the people around them. Truthfulness and tact are excellent partners, as they balance each other.

Educating about the Need for Tact

Talk to your child about how necessary tact is. Explain that when we fail to use tact, people’s feelings can be hurt, and the health of our relationships can be put at risk. Tell your child about situations where tact is essential and that it can be necessary for the safety of others. For example, in the relationships that world leaders hold with each other, tactful speech is crucial. There are also many others times where there is a necessity for using soft words rather than being completely blunt in a person’s speech.

Give Examples of Where Tact Was Not Used

Talk to your children about situations where tact was not used. Discuss the consequences to the individual who did not use tact, and to the one who was on the receiving end. Explain that Aunt Deidra probably felt bad when cousin Jamal told her that her dress was ugly, and how cousin Jamal may have then been viewed as an uncaring individual. Talk about what could have been done differently in the situation.

Give Examples of Where Tact Was Used

Point out situations where tact was used well, and the positive consequences that came from it. Speak about how a friend may have held off an argument through the use of tact and kind words, instead of letting all his anger out. Talk about any world leaders who are known for their peaceful acceptance of others, and how this trait has far-reaching positive effects. Point out all those people who excel in this area, and discuss what you can learn from each of them.

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Show and Tell Me Two: An Afterschool Review Strategy

Just before your little sweetie tosses that bookbag across the floor when they get home ask them to grab a sheet of paper and pencil as soon as they get home. You want to ask them to show and tell you two. 

We’re going to use this strategy as a quick way for your child to review, recall, and retell you what they learned today . Either you can choose two subjects or they can but they need to show you two things that they learned today academically and tell you two things that they learned (any lesson will do). 

There’s so much that happens within a school day and mini-lessons can be lost if they don’t realize that they were lessons. Maybe your child will show you a reading strategy, how to multiply fractions, don’t share secrets with a friend after a disappointing event in the lunch room and don’t EVER try to whisper answers during a test because two classmates got detention.

Doing this allows you to share in a bit of your child’s day as well as get a glimpse into how attentive they are in their school environment. It will also let you know what’s challenging for them if they can’t reteach it to you and where they may need some additional support academically. It’s also a nice segway into some deeper conversations without feeling like you’re preaching to your kids but participating in some real-life experiences that are important to them. 

There are so many benefits to this strategy and it only takes five minutes or less to make a huge impact in your child’s day. Keep these sheets in a composition notebook for some sweet memories to look back on later. 

Accelerate Your Learning With These 9 Tips

Life is long enough that you can learn to do some amazing things. You might have to learn a new skill for work or some information for a test. Maybe you just want to learn a new language, to play an instrument, or how to cook a new dish. Learning is the fundamental for a fabulous life!

You won’t experience much that’s new if you don’t learn something new. Since time is often at a premium, learning quickly is important.

Try these ideas to speed up your learning process:

1. Learn over time. It’s much more effective to learn something for one hour each day for a week than to attempt to cram it all into your head over seven hours in one day. Consider breaking up your learning even further and give the subject your attention multiple times each day.

● One study showed that it was significantly more effective for beginners to practice piano five times each day for five minutes than it was to practice once for 25 minutes.

2. Create the right environment. You’ll accomplish more if you learn in an environment free of distractions. Imagine trying to learn how to swing a golf club next to a construction site on a sweltering day. How well could you learn Japanese with someone talking on the phone beside you?

● It’s not always possible to control your environment 100% but do the best you can. Remove as many distractions and be as comfortable as possible.

3. Get a good coach. Coaches know what matters. You might think you know the most important aspect of learning a particular task, but you might be wrong. Coaches can also spot mistakes and correct them instantly. Coaches are also good at holding you accountable. Why not get an expert on your side?

4. Get some exercise first. Just 15 minutes of exercise can improve your memory and ability to process new information. Hop on a treadmill or do some calisthenics for 15 minutes or more before tackling a new learning project.

5. Get some sleep. Inadequate sleep has been demonstrated to result in decreased reaction times, memory, learning ability, and even your use of proper grammar. Ensure you’re getting enough sleep.

6. Avoid studying the things you already know. Imagine that you’re reviewing facts or vocabulary words on flashcards. Avoid reviewing information you know by heart. If you’re learning a new piece of piano music, avoid practicing the parts you can already play. It’s a very inefficient way to learn.

7. Use a variety of media and senses to learn the information. Reading information can be effective, but it’s even more effective if you read it to yourself, recite it aloud, listen to a podcast, and watch a video on the topic. On top that, writing information down can be the best way to learn and remember.

8. Set a deadline. It’s common knowledge that tasks will expand to fill the time available. By setting a deadline, you can force yourself to work more consistently on learning the topic or skill. Without a deadline, it’s much easier to wait until “tomorrow” to get serious.

9. Be optimistic. In turns out that pessimists are more accurate at determining their current level of skill, but optimists ultimately learn things at a higher level. Have confidence and high expectations for yourself. You’ll ultimately learn more.

Learning is a huge component of life. Some learning is mandatory, especially in school or work environments. But, most learning is optional. You can learn about anything you want. One thing is for certain: the faster you can learn, the more you’ll be able to learn.

Like I always say “Knowledge is power!” Make a plan to learn something new today.

Question: What new skill or subject are you learning about now?

Are You Providing Your Kids these Five Learning Opportunities in Your Home?

Good students usually come from good homes where one or both parents have spend a substantial amount of time, energy, and resources providing a rich learning environment. None of this means that you have to spend a lot of money on making your home look like a school and you don’t have to have a PhD in Education.

Educational success comes from putting time in what you want your children to know.  If they spend time in front of the TV they will become a verbal TV guide. If they spend time on the arts or Math then that’s what they’ll know.

  1. Do they know the value of hard work? Do you do everything for your kids or do they have to do work beyond what they think is comfortable or enjoyable?
  2. Do they have a strong sense of responsibility? What is it your kids have to do each day no excuses? Do you follow through with them and make sure they actually complete them?
  3. Do they have a willingness to keep going even when the going gets tough? How do you encourage and push them to not quit?
  4. Do they know what they do well outside of a classroom setting? Success needs to exceed the classroom especially if your child doesn’t have a teacher that always encourages his or her personal best. Are your kids excelling in sports? the arts? music? a foreign language? Be sure to provide opportunities for well rounded success.
  5. Do they have an understanding about people of other cultures? Creating kids who are ready for the world requires them to know that people of other cultures exist and speak a variety of languages. How are you strengthening their cultural IQ? Board games? Diversity in books? Diversity in music played or movies watched?