Whilst I was at the Talk to Mums event a few months ago I was offered the chance to read Enterprising Child which is written by Lorraine Allman with Mary Cummings.The book works alongside an app to the development of your child’s entrepreneurial potential. Could Monkey be found on Dragons Den one day?
I’m not normally one for parental guides but I do some app testing for the Good App Guide, part of Fundamentally Children, so I was interest to see what the book was all about.
Enterprising Child offers a guide for parents of children aged 4-14 years of age on ways to encourage and recognise entrepreneurial traits, giving you the tools to help your child reach their full potential.
I had no idea if Monkey showed any signs of being the next Richard Branson or not, and if I’m honest, that’s not so important to me. I was more interested in seeing if there were any tips I could use to help build Monkey’s confidence and help him be more expressive of his feelings in group situations.
The book explains the characteristics of an entrepreneur and the roles of a parent to develop potential before moving on to 100 different activities based on different age groups – 4-6 years, 6-9 years, 9-11 years and 11-14 years. At the end of each section we hear from a successful entrepreneur as they discuss their own journey.
As Monkey has just turned 6, I concentrated on the ideas for the 4-9 year old age ranges and whilst I think we’d struggle with some suggestions, I could see some being of interest. Learning the value of money is something we’re already working on as all too often I use a credit card to pay for something and often go shopping without Monkey. Conflict resolution is another area that I can take tips from and I’d like Monkey to be more aware of those worse off than us. So looking at ways that he could give back to those in need would be useful.
It’s an interesting and thought-provoking read, I hope that I do listen to Monkey and his needs and thoughts and give him the space to show what he can offer. If I can help him develop tools to be more creative and to see that there are always possibilities in any situation and it’s possible to achieve your goals then I’ll have done well hopefully. I want him to have ambitions, not to be a ruthless go getter, I don’t think that’s in either of our natures, but to know that the world is a big place and he doesn’t have to settle for this time piece of it. He can take a big leap and be adventurous, that will involve taking risks. Some will work out, others won’t, but he will need to develop skills to manage both eventualities.
I’ve certainly taken some ideas from Enterprising Child and can recommend it as an interesting read. You can follow Enterprising Child on Facebook and Twitter and well as Fundamentally Children on Facebook and Twitter.
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