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Parenting Entrepreneurs?

by fivesimplethings on July 29th, 2010

Source: Dero Sanford for The Wall Street Journal

There was an interesting piece in the Wall Street Journal yesterday by Sue Shellenberger.  I love her columns on work and family because she always gives very practical advice for those of us trying to figure out how to keep it all together.

The article goes into different issues that arise when parents give their children money for start up businesses.  Obviously, it raises some of the pitfalls that relationships encounter when things don’t go as planned.

Here’s a thought… What do we do from an early age to start our kids thinking about the principles that make a business successful? How do we instill ideas about customer service, quality, and reliability into their little lives?

I know there’s a lot out there about teaching kids how to save money or helping think about budgeting an allowance.  However, I’m curious about what we can do to give them a customer-centric way of thinking.  That’s what distinguishes a business, after all.

How do we teach our children to be service minded?

Let me know in the comments section or on twitter with the hashtag #fivesimplethings.

-John Tolsma

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