Working Mums: Get your kids in the boardroom!

My kids love being involved in my business - so should we all let them help a bit?
My kids love being involved in my business - so should we all let them help a bit?

I recently read a post from More Than Mummies about getting your children involved in testing your products..and it got me thinking….

Do we all need to get our kids into our jobs and businesses; mums, dads, grandma’s, everyone – our kids opinions matter to us all, don’t they?

Kiddies in the chore charts boardroom

My kids have been in there with their sleeves rolled up from day one. They were the inspiration, they are the testors, and they are my toughest critics.

For example, Stuntboy informed me what backgrounds would work when creating reward charts for boys, and Chatterbox was adamant that we would be missing a trick without princess reward charts high on my priority list.

I appreciate KiddyCharts Chore Charts are in a relatively unique position though; this business is solely focused on producing products which are targeted to children, so my kids opinions are actually something that really, really matters.

However, isn’t it important that we all involve our kids in what we do as much as we can, regardless of whether their opinion is actually going to make any significant difference to the product or service we provide?

So, I try and get my kids opinion on what I am up to, and I think it has had a profound effect on them over the last year or so.

Why bother to involve kids in your business?

Personally, I think it has helped my kids:

  • Build their confidence; they aren’t afraid to tell me what I am doing is wrong both within my business and in life generally. Not a bad skill to have, though sometimes I don’t listen of course!
  • Develop problem solving skills; the problems I bring them are small, like what picture I am going to use to represent a particular behaviour, but we all have to start somewhere
  • Feel they really belong; both within the business and within the family because their voice counts
  • Engage in conversation with my; they often ask what I was doing for KiddyCharts today while they were at school, and I am not sure they would care if I didn’t involve them as much as I do
  • Realise that work does bring with it financial rewards, but it can also be fun and rewarding, and these are actually two of the most important reasons for doing it
  • Have fun; they cut my reward chart behaviour stars up and made a game with them. That wasn’t on my list of things to do, but quite frankly, who cares!

So no matter how small their input is, from something as simple as deciding what’s best for mummy to wear to that important meeting, to giving an opinion on a new logo or taste testing a new biscuit recipe, involve your kids when you can.

They really will thank you for it.

How do you involve your kids in your business? Please do let me know in the comments, and if you like this post SHARE IT!

 

9 Comments

  • Working in a family business gives children a sense of purpose and gives them experience interacting with adults. It also helps develop business skills such as money management. So I think involving them is good thing.

  • Like you I love involving my children in my business. They tell me what product they like (and don’t like!), help test it out and love popping up to the warehouse to see everything in action. My son, 7, is starting to understand money and that mummy has to work to get money for us to do the things we want to do. We are not a materialistic family but have chosen to work in this way to have the lifestyle we want so that I can be around a lot for the children, and working like this is one way I can do that. They also like all the cardboard boxes they get to bring home from the warehouse to play with in the garden!

  • Thanks for submitting this great post into the carnival – getting children involved in our businesses is a great thing to do and really makes the name ‘family business’ true doesn’t it!

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  • I love involving my girls – they often express their opinions on design and photography and I have altered my designs based on their comments. At 8 and 10 they are already expressing an interest in joining me in the business when they are older.

    They see me working far more than I would like, and I often feel guilty about it, so I involve them whenever I can so they feel part of the business and have pride in it just as I do.

    Even our baby gets involved in the deliveries!

    • Thanks, Lorraine. It does help involving them when you are working and they are around doesn’t it? Eases the guilt and makes them feel they are helping at the same time too! And does your baby get involved in the deliveries by climbing into the boxes, or unwrapping!?!

  • When I was making the sock monkeys I would involve my children in the socks that were brought and they were asked if they thougth they would be any good as a monkey/cat/dog etc. All my children went on to make one of their own with a little guidance and would often come with me to craft fairs to help sell and they would take money and work out the calculations.

    Now I have moved on to different things, they still show an interest in what I do and are impressed that I have been able to adapt as my focus moves in different directions.

    Learning doesn’t always have to be done in school, it’s the life learning that aids in their development.

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