Entrepreneurship and our children.
I've been thinking a lot about entrepreneurship lately. (post contains affiliate links).
My son, Nathan, is far from being a typical learner, and he has some unique talents and abilities that don't necessarily show up in traditional school testing.
Many of you saw the train clip he made a few days ago. (And if you didn't, because you haven't subscribed to my email list yet, fill out the form below so you don't miss anything else)! This kind of stuff seems to come naturally to him. The only difficulty is getting him to do stuff that isn't in his current special interest area.
However, it is occurring to me more and more that he doesn't have to have a lot of different things going on.
All he needs to do is find one niche he can concentrate on. Something that he is really good at.
And he can start his own little business doing whatever it is. For example, making videos of trains, posting on You Tube, creating clip art, and selling it on Etsy. That, in essence, is what entrepreneurship is all about.
As Nathan gets closer and closer to working age, I'm finding it to be much more uplifting and much more satisfying to know that he is learning things that he will actually use when he is out of school.
Sure he needs to be able to read and write, understand math, science and history. And he is getting schooled in all of these subjects.
However, the life skills he needs to learn, such as how to budget, how to prepare food, how to create his own products, and how to better interact with others. All of these things he's also learning. And they will serve him much better as an adult than just focusing on the book work.
Since he's going into the 9th grade this fall, I've been thinking more and more about what he will be doing once he gets to the point of starting a career.
And, this blogging thing I've been doing for the past year has given me new trust in the ability of people to do anything they want. Especially if it means thinking outside-of-the-box.
This is why I believe it’s important that we as parents consider entrepreneurship as a possible path that our children may take.
Consider these statistics:
- Two out of every three jobs created each year are created by entrepreneurs
- Half of Americans either own or work for a small business.
I don't know about you, but I'm thinking that we as parents should give this entrepreneurship idea some serious thought! With all of the changes that are going on in our country and worldwide, ignoring these facts could lead to our child’s detriment!
So ask yourself: Am I training my children to think like entrepreneurs? Or am I instead training them to think like workers?
The traditional school system tends to teach children to think like workers. And unless we are outside-the-box thinkers, we tend to try to emulate that system in our own homeschooling. I know I did and I still struggle with this concept. But I'm spreading my wings out more and more each year, and I know that you can too!
We need to remember, that a system intentionally designed to create workers who obey orders without thinking, is the absolute opposite of Entrepreneurship.
This is why I was so excited when I first heard about lifechooling! Every year, since I started homeschooling Nathan in 4th grade, I've been gravitating toward this way of thinking without even realizing it.
I have found that by giving my son plenty of free time to explore his God-given gifts, not only am I encouraging him to be creative and think like an Entrepreneur. I am raising a much happier and well-adjusted child.
So, beyond giving your children free time and the chance to explore their talents and abilities, how can lifeschooling help you teach in a way that helps your children become the Entrepreneurs God designed them to be?
This is the purpose of the 2019 Lifeschooling Conference, July 11-13.
To help encourage you and give you tips to help in your important calling of raising children who are happy, well-adjusted, free to be who they were called to be, and true Entrepreneurs in their own right!
There will be speakers who really know their stuff when it comes to entrepreneurship!
So, if you want your kids to not just learn academic facts, but you also want to help them learn how to make a six-figure income without swapping hours for dollars, then you need to attend this conference!
The Lifeschooling Conference is a unique, 3-day, virtual event where pioneer homeschoolers, as well as modern leaders in the movement will come together to show homeschoolers how to “merge life with homeschooling.”
Topics include not only entrepreneurship of our children, but also:
Merging everyday activities with homeschooling
Lifeschooling through mentorships, in the younger years, and in the teen years.
and much more!
Not only that, but you will also get:
Daily Facebook Live devotionals from Ana Willis of “They Call Me Blessed”!
Facebook Live Q&A with speakers after their video sessions, so you can get your questions answered!
A swag bag worth hundreds of dollars (if you choose the All-Access or Premium Access ticket)!
Other perks and freebies if you purchase an upgraded ticket!
Oh, and as I've mentioned several times, it’s FREE.
And you will receive a reminder email when the conference draws closer and when it is ready to start. Not only that, but you can participate in our Facebook group (In fact you don't even have to sign up for the conference to participate in the group–I didn't know this until this week). So if you aren't ready to sign up because you want to know a little bit more, you can join the Facebook group here. I will be there, and hope to see you there!
Last, but certainly not least, if you visit the site (you don't have to sign up for conference), and enter your name in the drawing (scroll down to the bottom of the page), you will have the chance to win a cash prize at the end of the conference. Click the “$200 Summer Cash Giveaway” box to the above/left to enter.
Click here to join us on Facebook. I know you don't want to miss this! The group is awesome, with all sorts of amazing people participating. And it's not a huge group either, currently less than 200, if you're a bit shy, like I am.
Sorry this is so long, but I'm really excited about this conference and you should be too!!!!!
Hope you have a great day and weekend,
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