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It is very important to raise entrepreneurial girls. we ought to expose our girls to various skills as they grow because whether we like it or not that skill will come to play again in their life when they are grown and settled into raising their own family. As soon as you can, get your girl’s feet grounded in some skills aside from the career line they are pursuing, start to teach them some skills you have as their mother or father that may be beneficial to them in the long run. I also do believe Proverbs 31 was included in the Bible for a purpose. The skill may not necessarily put food on the table but may serve as a means of saving money or cutting costs or even empowering other women whose lives may depend on such information to thrive. I for one fell in love with making hair since when I was a little girl and I was always ready to help friends in college to make their hair which helped in perfecting the art, little did I know that I will end up having four girls. Imagine taking the three of them to the salon at least every two weeks and spending about $80 per child to get their hair done. That will amount to $320 for the four of them every two weeks, $640 every month and $7680 every year. what! that’s so unimaginable. They would have been bald for the greater part of their life. But I grew up knowing how to make hair, I love to make hair and It has saved me time, money and stress.
She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. PROVERBS 31
There are some who knows how to sew clothes and make the majority of their kid’s clothes and that to me is wisdom. If you are that mom. expose your daughter to sewing as early as teaching them how to use the needle and thread before moving on the bigger aspect of sewing. I learned to use the needle and thread to sew from my mum and that has helped in putting some buttons and stitches back in place. I’ve seen quite a handful of young girls of 10, 12 13 and upwards doing great in business because they have and know someone who is investing in them and pointing them in the right direction. I plan to do the same for my daughters.
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They are already learning to make hair with their dolls but we will also move to other things like making their hair bows and headbands as opposed to buying them. Most of the ones I bought rarely lasts for more than 2 uses because the glue used in securing the hair pins to the bows get tired from tugging and pulling and then decides to give way and voilà! the hard-earned cash is gone. So I’m researching into more durable means so our prospective buyers will get value for their money.
Teaching the girls how to cook varieties of meals and allowing them to watch cooking shows may help in steering their love for cooking in the right direction. There are so many chefs and caterers out there doing fantastically well and if you ask some of them, they will tell you they are doing what the grew up learning now. see Secrets to getting your girls to enjoy cooking.
So also are some bakers now that grew up learning from their parents, little did they know it will be their passion few years down the line.
We also have beads making and all the tools for this are very affordable. Some stores even have some packaged as toys that can be gifted to our girls on their special day. They can make their own necklace, earring, bracelets, and gift to their friends even if you don’t like the idea of them selling. I recently saw some sister’s between the ages of 6 and 12 selling handmade beaded necklace and bracelets for a dollar at a parking lot just beside their mom’s car. That was quite impressive. I love this set and you can get it by clicking on the image
We can also set them up for blogging at an early age and setting boundaries for them so it doesn’t affect their education in any way. My first daughter is very interested in blogging since I started blogging and we have agreed on what needs to be done on her part to get this going. She is working hard at it and doing all her best to make this dream come true.
There are so much more skills we can teach our girls; knitting, quilting, photography, and the list goes on. The image below is a starter kit for knitting that comes with the tools and materials for knitting.
As parents, we have everything to gain when we expose our kids to be entrepreneurs at an early age and absolutely nothing to lose. All the issues a lot of the graduates face this day, like job hunting, will be long gone by the time we bring them up to be able to fend for themselves. Also important too to take note of is to encourage them to try again and again when they fail at what you are teaching them, expose them to taking the risk, especially in things they believe they cannot do, instead of doing it for them, encourage them to try first. Let them take decisions themselves especially as it relates to their life by giving them choices to choose from, a good example here is their choice of clothing.
Aside from us parents teaching some of these skills, we can also enroll them in summer or weekend classes geared at developing such skills. Create a folder and help them in documenting the process as they go.
What other skills are you teaching your girls? Please leave your comment below.