Posted: 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 20, 2013
By Julie Strickland
Want to raise more responsible kids? Then put them to work, says the Texas businessman.
Charlie Hamilton, a serial entrepreneur and champion of Lemonade Day in Lubbock, Texas, knows all about running a successful business. But when it comes to raising successful kids, he's realized sometimes you just have to say "no."
“Successful adults often worked when they were young," he writes in The Kansas City Star, noting how spoiling children makes them entitled and lazy. "They mowed lawns, baby-sat, or had a lemonade stand. Learning how to work hard, provide good customer service, overcome challenges, ask for the sale, and understand the value of a dollar are invaluable life lessons that kids simply can’t get from a textbook.”
Those are building blocks for any great entrepreneur.
"When told they will have to spend their own money on that toy at the checkout line, they don't want it quite as badly," Hamilton continues.
There are other perks to this training, of course, one of them being quality family time. Helping your budding entrepreneur think through projects will strengthen your bond just as facing as a challenge will do. It's useful for business and everyday life.
"The self-satisfaction and confidence that the child develops as a result of these experiences prepare him or her for adulthood," Hamilton says.
The Texan opened his first business, a fireworks stand, when he was 12.