Over at Escape from Cubicle Nation, Pam Slim suggests that you bring your kid to your start up day. The point of the Slim’s post is that by showing our children and others what we do, we lay the seeds for potential entrepreneurship.
I’ve always adopted Slim’s approach, more by necessity than choice. My daughers have never seen me in court (though now that they’re older, they’ve stayed home alone while I’ve attended hearings). But they’ve accompanied me to meetings and some evenings, we’ve worked side by side; they on their homework and I on my blogs. So you can imagine my pride when my daughters announced earlier this week that they’d started their own business – a pencil loaning service at school (perhaps not the best business model, because if the pencils are returned timely, there’s no fine and no revenue).
Perhaps your children may never start a business. But that’s not the point. By teaching entrepreneurship, we are teaching children how to take initiative, how to take charge and how to empower themselves. Those skills can help them advance whether they ultimately decide to work for others or work for themselves.