That was the question I asked 25 Grade 2 students this morning. And I got a gamut of answers, “A businessman, a lawyer, a nurse, a doctor, a spy like my mom (hmmm okay), an opera singer (yes I laughed too), a
celebrity (what career is that exactly?), a baseball player, a hockey
player, go into my daddy’s business, a JUGGLER.” OK great answers! Yes, I
just left my son’s school for “Parents as Teachers Day.” I volunteered
for this once-a-year day last year, and I was excited to return again
this year.

The minute I walked into the class, I saw my son’s face. The smile was ear to ear. If he coulda crawled back into the womb, believe me, he would have. Of course he was totally misbehaving and showing off in
front of his friends. Up and down, talking out of turn, chatting
non-stop. But I let it go because 9/10 times, he’s such a rule follower
and an absolute joy. My little son on the other hand, we may have to
teach about condom use at 10 years old, but that’s a whole other ball of
wax.

Anyhow, after I listened to the kids’ answers of what they wanted to be when they grow up, I put two words on the Smart Board – ENTREPRENEUR and KIDPRENEUR. A few actually knew the word: my son obviously knew the
word… he’s lived with an entrepreneur
since he’s born, so he understands. But most kids didn’t. When I read
the definition of ‘entrepreneur’ (from a kid’s book I will tell you
about soon), things like: you are your own boss, you set your own hours,
you make your own money and generally, if you want more money, you have
to work harder. You don’t have to ask anyone when you want to go on
vacation. You make the rules. You have to work as hard as all the people
who work for you and then harder. You have to know ALL the jobs in your
company, etc… You could have heard a pin drop. They were interested.

What was so cool, was then seeing the sparkle in their eyes. Their brains working. A life of possibility. A future still undetermined, with boundless opportunity. This notion that their whole life still lies
ahead of them, and they can pick and choose how they want to live it.
And it made me realize that some people I know my own age, or even
older, still don’t know what they want to be when they grow up. It made
me think of the many people working jobs they hate. Living a life of rut
and routine because there are bills to pay and mouths to feed. But
that’s life. That’s reality. And it’s tough in adulthood to just press
the reset button and get a “redo.” That is what was so pure and exciting
to teach these children about the future. And about the now. That it’s
never too early to plan… to plan what you want to be, to save your
money, to get organized.


As you know, WomenOnTheFence.com is not a Blog with product reviews and endorsements. It wasn’t my vision when I started a year ago. But today I’m going to encourage all of you moms and grandmothers, aunts and
sisters, to get the book KIDPRENEURS
for the kids in your life. The writers of this book sent me a copy for
my kids, as they know that I am an entrepreneur and felt I would
appreciate it. As a blogger, I get sent stuff all the time, explaining
each and every time, I DON’T DO REVIEWS. But the reason why I chose to
Blog about this one, is because YOUR CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE. MY
CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE. Why not teach them all the possibilities and
avenues, at an age where they are discovering the world around them.
Hey, no one ever died of hard of hard work!! I like getting my kids
thinking outside the box, and I hope you will encourage yours to as
well. Are they too young to start their own business now? Obviously! But
as I pointed out to the Grade 2 class, even making a lemonade stand is
entrepreneurial. You have to make good tasty lemonade, sell it at the
right price, find customers, understand the costs involved, set a
selling price, and decide what you’re going to do with your profits (in
our lemonade stands, the boys get to keep $1.00-2.00 each, and the rest
put in their bank account, or give to charity). Selling chocolate bars
is very entrepreneurial as well. If you’re looking at me like I’m crazy,
that’s okay. I simply wanted to point out to you mommies, a different
approach. Our kids are never too young to start.

I don’t think we need to shelter them as much as we were sheltered. I think we should expose our kids and then let them make their own choices. My boys know all the swear words, but they don’t use them. They
know about where babies come from. They know about death. Not every
intricate detail, but if they ask, I answer. Every time. It’s just the
way I am. To me, knowledge is power, not danger, if handled with kit
gloves.

So, after the 25 Grade 2 students finished their business plans (I gave them handouts from the book), and I told them they can bring their plans home and work on them with their family, I told them one last
simple thing before I left:

You can be ANYTHING you want to be if you set your mind to it, and work hard.

And for you, the adults, who maybe also still haven’t figured out what you want to be when you grow up:

You can be ANYTHING you want to be if you set your mind to it, and work hard.

It’s never too late.

What do you think??

xoxEDxox

www.WomenOnTheFence.com

Have a great weekend ladies, and enjoy this quote…

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