There’s no telling where it all started but as of late there has been a craze for slime making and my daughter Nalah (The Cub) jumped on the train. She convinces me, as she typically does, to purchase supplies for making slime. In the process her gears started churning and she had the bright idea to sell batches at school. After a day of perfecting the recipe and countless times of using me to “touch this” she finally felt ready to roll out her creation.
The first day of sales was right after her entrance exam test date. She’s on a roll y’all! It’s Friday after school and she gets in the car with an empty Tupperware container and the biggest smile on her face. Once the dust settled she gave me the play-by-play and pulled out a hand full of rolled up dollars and coins. It was a sellout! Neither of us could retain the excitement for the moment.
This moment was a culmination of her relentless work ethic as she pursued her current passion project. She worked for days to perfect the recipe. One batch may have been too slimy. The next batch was maybe too fluffy. The other didn’t stretch enough. Maybe the color to glitter ratio was off. The Cub woke up at 5 am on several occasions to begin making slime even before she washed her face good. She would come home and jump straight in after completing homework.
I’m proud because this is what it’s like to have the intestinal fortitude to see it through. I’m excited to listen to the process and chime in for teachable moments. I’m blessed to witness the revelation of a budding entrepreneur. The parent in me is simply in love with the exercise of her personal will. I didn’t pressure her. I didn’t make the batched of slime. I surely wasn’t in her shoes when more people told her no than those that actually purchased.
These are applicable lessons and experiences that’ll stick forever.
Dad is on the sideline rooting.
At only 8 years old she is learning some key principles of business. She literally went through the cycle of bringing a product to market.
Idea Conception and Evaluation
Do Meaningful Market Research
Make a Looks-Like, Acts-Like Prototype
Choose your Business Model
Identify Customer Base
Distribution and Start Selling!
There is a million things we can encourage or request of our kids; some for our own appeasement and comfort zone. I challenge you to be more concerned with curating things centered on their own personal interest. However crazy it may sound to you... LET THEM EXPLORE. Allow them to fail and plug in as teacher where you see fit. I believe we should continue to expose our kids to new crafts, unknown places and learning opportunities.
For me the liberation comes knowing she pursued an area of love. Not necessity, not required, simply something she loved and found an opportunity in. More importantly she felt good about her own personal efforts. It wasn’t to please me or anyone else. That is what we search for and my Cub found it in the form of slime and glitter.
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