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Children And Chores: How To Create Young Entrepreneurs

In my house my children (from age three up) are responsible for making their own beds, putting their clothes in the laundry basket, folding and tidying their pyjamas and tidying the bathroom after bathing.

They are also responsible for emptying the dishwasher, laying and clearing the table for dinner, vacuuming a room each and helping with the laundry.

The key here is to sit down and talk over the responsibilities with them, gaining their agreement to perform the tasks.  No one likes to feel like they are being coerced or that they don’t have a choice.  Gaining their consent first, means that you can hold them accountable when they don’t want to uphold their commitment.

You can also use the chores as a way for them to earn something they want.  In our house the children have to earn their television and computer time.  The amount of chores or piano practice they do directly correlates to the amount of time they get to watch or play these things.

If they choose not to do the chores, then the natural consequence is real for them.

We don’t particularly want them to watch television, and they only are allowed about two hours per week maximum.  So having them earn it in this way really helps them to understand the privilege of living and how not to take things for granted.

Were you responsible for household chores as a child?  Would love to hear your views.


Responsibility Exists Whether You Like It Or Not

Responsibility exists whether you like it or not.

Most of us equate it to being responsible directly for something or someone, with no real thought to what might come after.  Most of us also view responsibility as a negative, with fear of wrong doing or blame, just a small step away.

Yet, how far you are willing to see your responsibility in all things, depends on how wide you allow your perspective to be.

Consider the internet for example.

Every time you write something on the internet, it becomes part of human recorded history, forever.  

In times gone by, only those to took the time to preserve the written word, in books or on tablets, succeeded in affecting future generations of humanity.

Today, anyone can do it.  

Write a little something on your blog, and it is there forever more.

So in light of this, how carefully should we consider what we write on the web?  Do you write with a mindfulness of affecting future generations?  Are you careful to be truthful?  Factual?  Honourable?

As members of the human race we have a responsibility to think; we must care and we must love with our whole hearts.  As mothers, fathers, families and friends, we must be willing to help each other.

“When we write anything to the foundation of human history we must view it as a type of responsibility entrusted to us by a thousand, thousand future generations.  Our messages will persist, with their effects, long after we are gone. Global data and communication has elevated the position of writer to one of humanity’s highest, most sacred, offices. I can only hope each of us, in our capacity as a writer, approaches this work as humanity’s friend.” Keith Raniere

Mompreneur Leadership Skills: Five Strategies To Be A Better Boss

If you could rate yourself as a leader or a boss, what score would you give yourself?  

What score do you think your employees would give you?  Does the thought fill you with fear?  Or would you be curious to find out?

Frequently my team tell me that they have never had a boss like me; that I am not like a boss, but more like a friend.  They trust me implicitly to always do what I say, and to support and encourage them at all times.  In return they give me their unfailing support and loyalty.  They will always go the extra mile if I ask them, simply because they know that their extra mile will always be fairly rewarded.

Being a good boss is more about leadership than employment.

Your team will always look to you for how to act.  If you want to be a good leader for your team, then consider the following suggestions:

1.  Always take responsibility for all aspects of your business.  

Even if they make a mistake, ask yourself where you are responsible for the mistake.  Did you give them adequate training?  Did you expressly articulate how you wanted this particular thing done?  I’m not saying that it’s not good to hold people accountable; more that when you look for your own responsibility in things, then you are not a victim.  You are in control, and can affect how things turn out in the future.

2.  Don’t see problems as problems, see them as opportunities.

A problem is just an opportunity to learn and do better.  Without problems and challenges, you will never learn and you will never grow.  Every challenge I have had in my business has only served to make it stronger.  Instead of trying to abnegate responsibility for the problem, I tackled it head on and worked out ways to solve it.

3.  Even when your world is falling apart, smile for the camera.

The only person who should know that you are struggling in your life, is your immediate family and friends.  Never bring your problems to work.  Your team look to you for guidance and strength.  Even if you feel like screaming or crying, take a deep breath and paste on a smile.  I’ve learned that nobody really wants to know about your problems.  They have enough of their own to deal with.

4.  Aim to be the kind of boss that you always wanted to have.

Be lighthearted and fun.  Reward you team regularly and generously.  Let them go early occasionally, and tell them what a great job they’re doing.  Treat them like the valued member of your team that they are.  And if they are not, replace them.

5.  Remember always that this is your business, and your vision.  

You are responsible for every single aspect of your business and your life.  If you want something to be a certain way, then it is your responsibility to make it this way.  Fill your team with enthusiasm and hope.  Fire their imagination.  Give them the freedom to be creative and make their own mistakes.  Involve them in the vision, and you will truly win their loyalty.

Successful Marriages Know Great Affection

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Something to ponder for the weekend.  Have a good one.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama once said:

As soon as we live with another person, we should treat that person affectionately and always pay attention to how they think and feel.  Each partner should carry his or her share of responsibility, whatever happens.  Marriage cannot be the responsibility of just one person.


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