business. It is not always geniuses that succeed; these are people that have “grit.” They
have ideas that they try, and if they do not
work—so be it—they try another idea!
If children become creative in their ideas
to make a buck, this is an excellent learning
How Can Kids Learn
Parents have great influence to encourage
entrepreneurial skills in children. Typically, education in public and private sectors
seem to punish children for being on a different path than the one they are teaching.
It is similar to how some adults can squash
dreams, creativity, and exploration in children. We adults get tired of the questions
and the ongoing conversations kids begin
when they are around two years old. It gets
distracting for many of us adults, so we
stifle their questions with short answers or
no answer. Sadly, they want to know, yet we
teach them to stop asking. Obviously, this is
not the best way to encourage them to become independent and learn about everything they desire. Rethink your time with
your children and answer all those little annoying questions so they never shut down
their curiosity and creative thinking.
Here’s how to help your student learn.
Take them to the library, a bookstore, or
search online for books about kid entrepreneurship. Let them read inspirational stories that may motivate them to try some of
their own ideas.
Books can influence new entrepreneurs.
Let your kids read and get inspired. Here
are resources to help:
• The Richest Kids in America: How They
Earn It, How They Spend It, How You Can
Too, by Mark Victor Hansen
• Raising Can-do Kids: Giving Children the
Tools to Thrive in a Fast-changing World,
by Jen Prosek and Richard Rende
• Lawn Boy, by Gary Paulsen
• The Making of a Young Entrepreneur: A
Kid’s Guide to Developing The Mind-Set
For Success, by Gabrielle Jordan.
• Let’s Raise Kids To Be Entrepreneurs: www
There is nothing to lose and everything
to gain from giving your kiddos the oppor-
tunities for learning new skills and seeking
creative ways to increase their knowledge—
and their profits!
Anna Cristosomo is a teacher of 12 years.
Most of her teaching has been in middle
school where she has taught PE, ESL English, Math, and Science. She coaches volleyball and basketball. She has a son that is in
college and has been married for 11 years.
Anna is principal certified and loves to serve
students and their families. She is also an instructor for Schoolhouse Teachers.com
My son’s business card when he was in middle school.
Allowing your child
to venture out and try
something new is exciting,
scary, and educational.