15 Ways Parents Can Promote Entrepreneurship
Nowadays, it looks like the world is going by us faster than ever before and we are always busy with work. It is very easy to get carried away and start postponing things for the weakened, next week or next month, but when it comes to your kids you can’t leave today’s work for tomorrow.
I have always thought that it’s extremely important for children to be able to understand the concept of money and finance, as well as be encouraged to explore, learn and even take risks, because childhood is the time that most determines our lives and sets the stage for adulthood.
In Bulgaria, we have a lot of phrases like “Too good is not for good” and “Don’t put the pan on the stove while the fish is still in the sea”. Those can be very demotivating and you grow up thinking that if things are going great, something bad has to happen. But this way of thinking instills a fear that you might lose what you have accomplished and this fear might keep you from wanting and achieving more. The possibility of failing is always present but it should be perceived as a way to gain experience, not a sign that the kid is a failure.
This really reminds me of the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and the scene where the alchemist creates gold and splits it in four pieces. He gives one to the monk, one to Santiago, one keeps for himself, and the last one he gives the monk for Santiago. Then, Santiago says that this is too much, but the alchemist tells him that he should always take what he is given without running from his good fortune. This is the spirit in which we should raise our kids and we should teach them that their good fortune will rarely come as given and they should really enjoy their successes, because they were probably a result of their hard work.
Teaching your kids all those virtues and good habits is not an easy task, and usually it is really hard to achieve. So, without further ado, here is an article with a few ideas how to engage with your kids and help them learn.