There are many things that, as parents, we are equipped with to teach our children. As parents who run a business, there are so many lessons we can bestow to our children. But it’s also about making sure that when we are teaching our children about what it takes to run a business that we are making sure that the lessons we teach them are going to help them in other parts of their lives as well. With this in mind, what can we teach our children about life and business through being a business owner?
The Importance of Ethics in a Cloak and Dagger World
Many business owners feel that they’ve got to get by via sneaky tactics. Ethics and a strong moral compass will make sure that any person is getting by in a world where they can feel confident in their decisions. In terms of business, there’s a lot at hand right now in terms of ethics and morality, not least in the world of sustainability. The current carbon disclosure project is one area that can help us in business, but it’s a solid lesson in an entrepreneurial sense. We need to equip our children with a good moral compass, especially if they are ever going to venture into business. The world is tough anyway and this is why arming them with a strong set of morals will make them better human beings.
Sheer Bloody Mindedness Should Be Their Default Setting
Running a business means that we will have people constantly arguing with us, thinking that we’re doing something wrong when in fact, we are following our nose. One of the problems in the modern world is that we encounter people who will forever try to discourage us. Our children should learn from us, but they need to be able to make decisions that are different from the norm, while also realising that this is not a bad thing. Teaching our children resilience and being strong in the face of adversity is something that everybody thinks is a good idea but does not practice in reality.
The Craft of Negotiation Will See Them Through to the End
Whether you want your children to follow in your footsteps or you want them to live life on their own terms, negotiation is an amazing skill to have. Learning how to negotiate is not about getting what you want, but it’s about understanding the dance of the push and pull. In a business sense, it saves us money but it’s also the fine art in getting people to meet us halfway so they can get what they want and we can get what we want. Your children may have amazing negotiation skills already. So rather than shutting them down when they are asking you for a sugary treat, sometimes it’s worth letting them argue!
Whether your children are already forming business ideas at such a young age, you want to give them a few lessons in life, there are so many things that our children can learn through business.