It’s often said that schools teach children to become educated individuals and do jobs for contributing to the economy and feed themselves but, no school literally teaches entrepreneur skills. Entrepreneurship is a way of innovative thinking and coming out with a solution that can solve a problem at large. This enables people to see challenges as an opportunity and develop the confidence to create a valuable output. Good entrepreneurs attribute their success to the way their families have raised them. In fact, this is a must-have skill that you must teach your kids from a very early age. Here are 6 ways in which you can make your kids smarter in their lives by teaching to think like entrepreneurs.
1. Help your child set goals
Entrepreneurs think ahead and to achieve their goals, they first break it into small fragments or milestones and then work on them one at a time. With your kids, you can begin in the same way. Let them answer questions like ‘What do they want to achieve or what is the benefit of doing a particular thing’. This will help them develop critical thinking. Once they have planned their goal, help them reach it by simplifying their goals and achieving it one by one. When it’s done, let them celebrate their small accomplishment to remain motivated.
2. Educate your kids about finance
In order to do well in life, it is important for an adult to know how to manage finances. If you start at an early age, you can inculcate values of responsibility towards finances within your kids and the importance of maintaining financial literacy. Start by telling them about budgeting, saving, unnecessary spends and investments. It’s true that experience will teach them new things as they grow up and you don’t really need to be a financial guru. Just start it light and let them practice money management on their allowances.
3. Let your kids find solutions to problems
Teach them this and they will thank you forever. When kids learn to solve their own problems, their mind gets trained to find out ways to deal with things independently. This way, they become confident and develop leadership skills. Finding solutions to problems, prepares kids for both good and the bad that might descend in the future. They learn about the relationship between action and consequences. You don’t need to be led them loose. Try offering them options and let them choose.
4. Motivate the kids to think creatively
Do not give in when your kids fail to find answers to problems. Instead, motivate them to think creatively. This will enable them to develop emotional intelligence, flexible and optimistic. When you encourage your kids to think differently, they brainstorm and exercise their mind that leads to healthier brain development. Also, this way they also get an opportunity to approach a solution in more than one way and understand the route to progress.
5. Encourage them to learn coding
Do you remember the 8-year-old who made it to the headlines for solving the problem of transportation during the imposing of odd-even vehicle rule in Delhi? Akshat Mittal, a resident of Delhi, independently thought about the problem and developed a website for car-pooling named odd-even.com. “I thought about the problem people would face due to enforcement of the new rule. I made the website which works on algorithms based on the age, gender, profession and timings of commuters to travel,” explained Akshat. He says that his parents encouraged him to code and that led him to develop his very own venture.
6. Let them brainstorm business ideas
No! We obviously don’t mean multi-million deal crackers, but perhaps simpler ideas that they can begin by investing a very low amount like their monthly pocket money. Once they know how the idea works, they can eventually plan on expanding and even something really big. Remember, the mind is a very potent tool. When used right, it can not only open doors to endless monetary growth opportunities, but also make you famous and exemplar.
Most importantly, lead by examples. Children follow what they see. Parents play a huge role in a child’s positive child development. Your behaviour, reactions and expressions will shape their habits and work ethics. So, parents should be cautious about the message they send. After all, you are the bridge between your kid’s current behaviour and their future goal.