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entrepreneurial children

We have always encouraged our children to be entrepreneurial. Obviously, we provide for them, but we also want them to learn how to make money and not always be dependent on others to provide them with what they want. We feel it is even more essential in this economic climate that people have more than one stream of income.

So, at times, you may find my children destroying salvaging copper out of old electronics, hauling scrap metal or going with a contractor friend of ours to rip out wiring out of old building he’s remodeling. On Fridays, you will find my older boys mowing lawns…even in 100+ degree weather. And last Thanksgiving Gabriel and Phoebe made and sold lots and lots of pies.

Phoebe has stumbled upon a new little venture. Remember the baby shower gifts we made a few months ago? The burp rags were a hit and ladies from the church have been ordering them from her. It’s been really great for her. We don’t know where it will lead, but it sure is motivating to have a skill that people will pay you for.

At times, more often than I care to admit, I’ve not wanted to make the time to teach Phoebe to sew or to take my guys to mow. But, I make myself because I know that it will be time well spent.

Now that they are older I see the confidence that they have in areas that a lot of people in today’s world just don’t have. I also see that they are not afraid to try new things or to fail. If they try something and it doesn’t work out like they hope, they just don’t do it anymore.

So, how do you teach your children to be entrepreneurial?

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To make the burp rags
  • cut a piece of fabric about 7 inches by 14 inches (the width of the diaper plus an inch).
  • fold over the sides so that the fabric and the diaper are the same width.
  • pin fabric to diaper
  • sew the 2 sides that you folded over. sew very close to the edge.
  • use a close zig zag stitch to finish the bottom
  • sew the top with a straight stitch
  • cut a 14 inch length of ribbon
  • fold over the sides to make it the width of the diaper
  • pin to the top of the fabric (to hide the raw edges)
  • sew along each long side of the ribbon very close to the edge.

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