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Familypreneur- The Six Key Steps to Raising your Little Entrepreneurs

FamilyPreneur- The Six Key Steps to Raising Your Little Entreperneurs

FamilyPreneur- The Six Key Steps to Raising Your Little Entreperneurs

 

Familypreneur- The Six Key Steps to Raising Your Little Entreperneurs by Jean Pierre Rukebesha is one of the books that I have been reading. Based on the current global economic conditions for our kids to be able to survive and do well in their adult life would require them to have some enterprising genes so they can create their own opportunity to earn a living. Corporate jobs are getting far and few and salary from these jobs are not rising fast enough to keep up with inflation. There are no iron rice bowl jobs anymore where one can stay on for their whole live till retirement.

If one can connect their business to the kids education it will help ease them into the Entrepreneurial mode.  Many parents focus too much on the educational development of the child and neglect introducing them to their business from young. Jean gives many case studies in her book  that explain how  some entrepreneurial companies thrive while the others go belly up when passed down to the 2nd generation. This is because many of the children did not cultivate the love and passion for the business which their parents had.  Not all kids are cut out to follow in their parents footsteps however as seen in the case study on Thomas Edison. Only 2 out of his 6 kids became inventors. 

To be considered as a person who has entrepreneurial spirit he has to exhibit the following characteristics

  • Tenacity
  • Passion
  • Tolerance of Ambugity
  • Vision
  • Self belief
  • Rule-Breaking Attitude
  • Resourcefulness

It all starts from young. If the parent is able to role model the entrepreneurial behavior there is a higher chance that the child will follow after their foot steps and ensure the continuity of the family business. This is because the child is more aware of this option as a career. Parents have to actively introduce the ideal of business to the child and get them involved  through identifying their passions and supporting them. Artistic talent that your child may have may be incorporated into your business through getting them to help design signs or even posters for your company. 

Your child has to understand what you are doing, why you are doing it and how your business has impacted your life and his.  This can be very beneficial to you in your business succession planning. 

My thoughts 

It is extremely cool for parents to include their kids in their business and give them the liberty to explore their talents and passions. I’ve seen many family businesses close down as the pioneers to the company force the leadership down to the parents and refuse to let go of the reins at the same time.  The parent has to actively involve their child/children in their business so that they are able to discover the goals and values of hard work.

Understand the nature of the business that you are in why you are doing it while at the same time educating them on it will help in their overall holistic development. It also widens up their perspective about  what having a job entails together while bonding with you at the same time. 

I personally have considered starting up my own business in this current poor global economy and have read this book I have a clearer idea of how to get my kids involved fully in my passions and business en devours. Even though they may or may not take over what I am doing in time to come it still will help in their character development and make them better adults in the future.

Do get a copy of the book Familypreneur- The Six Key Steps to Raising Your Little Entreperneurs by Jean Pierre Rukebesha if you like me would like to raise your kids as entrepreneurs. 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

 

Food Lovers Only – A Children’s Day Treat

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Food Lovers at IMM

Food Lovers at IMM

On Children’s Day the kids and I were invited for lunch over at Food Lovers Only by AT Marketing Counsultancy. A very bubbly Abby greeted us at the restaurant and introduced us to the various dishes on the menu.

Tiger girl checking out the toys which were displayed on the shelve

Tiger girl checking out the toys which were displayed on the shelve

The toys on the shelf attracted Tiger girl when we entered the restaurant. The displays  were really kid friendly and she gravitated towards the toys and started playing while her brother choose the dishes they wanted to eat.

The kids with Abby

The kids with Abby

It was our 2nd visit to Food Lovers Only a  Halal certified medium size cafe on the 2nd floor of IMM.   There has been some additions to their K-FLO menu and the kids were looking forward to trying the dishes there.

New dishes at Food Lovers Only

New dishes at Food Lovers Only

Don’t the dishes look yummy?? Unfortunately the kids were not keen on trying them out so we  ordered something else instead.

 

Apple Salad

Apple  Mushroom Salad $11.90

I ordered a Apple Mushroom Salad for myself as I wanted to keep it light for my lunch.  The Mesclun, apple, mushroom, walnut, cherry tomato and balsamic dressing made it a  tantalizing dish to savor.

Milkshakes for the kids

$7 Milkshakes for the kids

 The kids have been craving for milkshakes and were delighted that they served it at Food Lovers Only. We ordered a Strawberry, Cookies & Cream  and Vanilla milkshake. Can you guess which kid had which milkshake?

French Toast which Tiger girl ordered

French Toast which Tiger girl ordered

Tiger girl didn’t want something too filling also so she decided on Flo’s French Toast ($13.50). She was attracted by the fruits on the toast as blueberries and strawberries are her favourite.

The dish was really aesthetically appealing but fell a bit short for her as she complained that it was a bit too sweet for her liking.

The Club sandwich that Doggie Boy had

FLO’s Club sandwich ($15.90) that Doggie Boy had

Brioche, turkey ham, sliced tomato, marinated pulled chicken slices, cucumber and egg mayo was what Doggie boy dug into during lunch.  He loved the blend of tastes as he munched down on the sandwich.

Beef Bulgogi Sandwich

Beef Bulgogi Sandwich $17

Monkey boy ordered for himself a bulgogi sandwich  which was made of  Panini, beef slices, sautéed onion, sliced tomato, cheese and bulgogi dressing with a side of chips and salad.

Tom Yum Pasta

Tom Yum  Prawn Pasta $18.60

Abby ordered this for herself.   Spaghetti, Prawn , Mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, garlic, chili, chives , cream and cheese.  It smelled really nice and she mentioned that it was very tasty too. Maybe the next time that I visit the place I may order this to try.

Tiger girl can't wait to sink her teeth into the yummy dessert

Tiger girl can’t wait to sink her teeth into the yummy dessert

A meal is never complete without dessert!!

Upon Abby’s recommendation we ordered the Sweet Divine ($15)

Freshly baked crispy waffle, pavlova, mini marshmallows, premium vanilla bean ice cream, maple sauce, chocolate sauce, horlick sauce at the side. . The dessert was served with coconut  and chocolate ice-cream. It would be great if they had a wider selection of ice-cream as Tiger girl actually wanted strawberry ice-cream on the waffle but it wasn’t available.

The kids weren’t able to finish their dessert as it was a bit too sweet for their liking.   However overall we enjoyed our meal and wouldn’t mind visiting  Food Lovers Only again for lunch.

Disclaimer:   The kids and me were invited for a food tasting session at Food Lovers. Opinions are 100% mine.