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Kids in Business

I have two little entrepreneurs :). While my kids already have their own bank account, and budding website, I am always looking for appropriate, and safe ways for them to earn money. Here is a quick article from MomsTalkNetwork (published with permission) :

Summer Business Ideas For Kids

When school is out, kids want to find something to do to occupy their time. Why not start a small business? Kids can do something they enjoy and make money at the same time.

Sit down with your kids and have them list the things that they like to do. Developing a business plan with your kids will determine what money, if any, is needed up front. Kids can make their own flyers advertising the new business and hand them out throughout the neighborhood and to family and friends.

Kids that love to work in the garden may be able to make a go of a produce stand business. Farmer’s markets are popular these days because their fruits and vegetables are fresh. If you have a vegetable garden, your kids can sell their own produce. Visiting a farmer’s market will give the kids an idea of where to start with their business and what items sell best during the summer months.

Car washing has been a popular fundraiser for years. School students pick a nice Saturday and wash as many cars as they can. This idea can be converted into a business for the neighborhood kids.

Decide how many kids want to be involved. If a neighbor or parent of one of the kids owns a business, he or she may give you the use of their parking lot and water for a nominal fee or a small percentage of the profits. As a parent, you can extend to the kids their first business loan so that they can purchase supplies. After their first car wash, they can pay back the loan.

The Internet is a popular way for adults to turn a profit, so why not your kids? Turn their closet full of baby clothes and underused toys into cash on eBay. Take pictures of all of the items that you wish to sell and set up an online auction. Letting them choose what they will part with gives them a say in the business. Include them in every aspect of the sale.

Another Internet activity is blogging. A blog is an online diary or journal. A blog can also showcase a particular area of interest. If your child likes video games, they can offer gaming tips, game and system reviews, and personal reflections. Adding links to gaming affiliate websites could bring in some money for the enterprising young person.

Starting a business is a bit of work, but it is also a time to bond with your child. Kids get a positive idea about business and how it works while they do something that they love. Next summer, they may want to try out another venture.

Get more free kids’ business tips at Kids Business Guide.

Kids in Business

I have two little entrepreneurs :). While my kids already have their own bank account, and budding website, I am always looking for appropriate, and safe ways for them to earn money. Here is a quick article from MomsTalkNetwork (published with permission) :

Summer Business Ideas For Kids

When school is out, kids want to find something to do to occupy their time. Why not start a small business? Kids can do something they enjoy and make money at the same time.

Sit down with your kids and have them list the things that they like to do. Developing a business plan with your kids will determine what money, if any, is needed up front. Kids can make their own flyers advertising the new business and hand them out throughout the neighborhood and to family and friends.

Kids that love to work in the garden may be able to make a go of a produce stand business. Farmer’s markets are popular these days because their fruits and vegetables are fresh. If you have a vegetable garden, your kids can sell their own produce. Visiting a farmer’s market will give the kids an idea of where to start with their business and what items sell best during the summer months.

Car washing has been a popular fundraiser for years. School students pick a nice Saturday and wash as many cars as they can. This idea can be converted into a business for the neighborhood kids.

Decide how many kids want to be involved. If a neighbor or parent of one of the kids owns a business, he or she may give you the use of their parking lot and water for a nominal fee or a small percentage of the profits. As a parent, you can extend to the kids their first business loan so that they can purchase supplies. After their first car wash, they can pay back the loan.

The Internet is a popular way for adults to turn a profit, so why not your kids? Turn their closet full of baby clothes and underused toys into cash on eBay. Take pictures of all of the items that you wish to sell and set up an online auction. Letting them choose what they will part with gives them a say in the business. Include them in every aspect of the sale.

Another Internet activity is blogging. A blog is an online diary or journal. A blog can also showcase a particular area of interest. If your child likes video games, they can offer gaming tips, game and system reviews, and personal reflections. Adding links to gaming affiliate websites could bring in some money for the enterprising young person.

Starting a business is a bit of work, but it is also a time to bond with your child. Kids get a positive idea about business and how it works while they do something that they love. Next summer, they may want to try out another venture.

Get more free kids’ business tips at Kids Business Guide.

Happy Cow, Part 2

I have just discovered the easiest way to convert a “meat-lover” (my husband), into a conscious meat lover. If I rank the arguments in this house on a scale from 1-10, buying organic meat (expensive) rather than cheap meat (massive) is probably on RANK 2.

Yes, ma’am, my recent purchase of a 1/4 of happy cow got some really nasty “so, is that ALL the meat for xx$$’s??”.

Today, on our 7 hour ride home from vacation, we passed Harris Ranch. They are a large distributor of “natural beef”. They do have a very large and luxurious resort out in the middle of nowhere (I am not sure what purpose it has), and right next to it, a huge feedlot of cows.I am assuming they belong to Harris Ranch, but I will just assume until proven guilty. I will bet my ass they are not happy cows. First, you are hit with the smell. Then, you will ride by huge pens, no grass, lots of cows. No trees, no nothing, just fences, dirt, cow shit, and cows.

Here is an excerpt from their website:
“Humane Handling

Harris Ranch takes exceptional care to ensure the well-being of our cattle. Each and every day—rain or shine—cowboys ride the pens to ensure the health and welfare of every animal in their care. All cattle are fed in large, well-maintained, outdoor pens that are equipped with an automated sprinkler system to reduce dust and cool cattle during the summer months. World-renowned animal behaviorist, Dr. Temple Grandin, has assisted with the design of cattle handling facilities and conducted employee training programs to ensure proper animal handling techniques.”

Ok, I did not see the “mist” misting the poor cows, it was only about 100C outside, what I did see was that there was no vegetation whatsoever near by. While riding down the “Agricultural Corridor”, we saw a few more of these feed pens. Dismaying.

On a happy note: We did see several ranches with their cows doing what cows do: eating grass, shooting the breeze, and hanging out under the shade.

My son informed us that WHEN he becomes a farmer, he will only have Happy Cows. My husband is finally seeing, live and real, why I pay $2-5 more a pound for happy meat.

Quality instead of Quantity.

Happy Cow, Part 2

I have just discovered the easiest way to convert a “meat-lover” (my husband), into a conscious meat lover. If I rank the arguments in this house on a scale from 1-10, buying organic meat (expensive) rather than cheap meat (massive) is probably on RANK 2.

Yes, ma’am, my recent purchase of a 1/4 of happy cow got some really nasty “so, is that ALL the meat for xx$$’s??”.

Today, on our 7 hour ride home from vacation, we passed Harris Ranch. They are a large distributor of “natural beef”. They do have a very large and luxurious resort out in the middle of nowhere (I am not sure what purpose it has), and right next to it, a huge feedlot of cows.I am assuming they belong to Harris Ranch, but I will just assume until proven guilty. I will bet my ass they are not happy cows. First, you are hit with the smell. Then, you will ride by huge pens, no grass, lots of cows. No trees, no nothing, just fences, dirt, cow shit, and cows.

Here is an excerpt from their website:
“Humane Handling

Harris Ranch takes exceptional care to ensure the well-being of our cattle. Each and every day—rain or shine—cowboys ride the pens to ensure the health and welfare of every animal in their care. All cattle are fed in large, well-maintained, outdoor pens that are equipped with an automated sprinkler system to reduce dust and cool cattle during the summer months. World-renowned animal behaviorist, Dr. Temple Grandin, has assisted with the design of cattle handling facilities and conducted employee training programs to ensure proper animal handling techniques.”

Ok, I did not see the “mist” misting the poor cows, it was only about 100C outside, what I did see was that there was no vegetation whatsoever near by. While riding down the “Agricultural Corridor”, we saw a few more of these feed pens. Dismaying.

On a happy note: We did see several ranches with their cows doing what cows do: eating grass, shooting the breeze, and hanging out under the shade.

My son informed us that WHEN he becomes a farmer, he will only have Happy Cows. My husband is finally seeing, live and real, why I pay $2-5 more a pound for happy meat.

Quality instead of Quantity.

Well, that one backfired….

Whenever I am at my wits’ end with my Little Firecracker, I turn to parenting experts for advice. I don’t know why I always do this, because again, it backfired.

This evening, instead of playing the hour long “go to bed” game until my head is about to blow off, I caught my Little Firecracker in the middle of a peek-around-the-corner-game. I told my little firecracker “Hey, you don’t have to go to bed. Stay up with me, I have a job for you :)” in my nicest mommy voice. “Here, first clean the bathroom, and then you can sort the clothes in the hamper.”

LF, after 20 minutes:” OK, mama, I’m done!”
Me: “Great! Now you can sort the clothes in the hamper in the laundry room!”
LF, 15 minutes later:”OK, mama, I am done. What job do I do now?”
Geez…don’t you ever get tired????
Me: “Great! Now you can clean up the table in the living room and the dining room, and when you are done, you can vacuum.”
LF: “Mama, aren’t I a great help? I can do this all the time for you!”
It is 11:18pm.
LF is 5. Somehow, this “Sure- you- can- stay- up- but- you- have- to- take- on- the- responsibilities- of- an- adult- and- do- chores- that- I- do- when- you- go- to- sleep” is not working on LF. He is having waaay to much fun cleaning up my house while I am sitting on the computer.

Hm…maybe I should just zap some of his DNA, grind it up into a secret formula, put it in a capsule, and turn it into a multi-million dollar energy supplement company?

Well, that one backfired….

Whenever I am at my wits’ end with my Little Firecracker, I turn to parenting experts for advice. I don’t know why I always do this, because again, it backfired.

This evening, instead of playing the hour long “go to bed” game until my head is about to blow off, I caught my Little Firecracker in the middle of a peek-around-the-corner-game. I told my little firecracker “Hey, you don’t have to go to bed. Stay up with me, I have a job for you :)” in my nicest mommy voice. “Here, first clean the bathroom, and then you can sort the clothes in the hamper.”

LF, after 20 minutes:” OK, mama, I’m done!”
Me: “Great! Now you can sort the clothes in the hamper in the laundry room!”
LF, 15 minutes later:”OK, mama, I am done. What job do I do now?”
Geez…don’t you ever get tired????
Me: “Great! Now you can clean up the table in the living room and the dining room, and when you are done, you can vacuum.”
LF: “Mama, aren’t I a great help? I can do this all the time for you!”
It is 11:18pm.
LF is 5. Somehow, this “Sure- you- can- stay- up- but- you- have- to- take- on- the- responsibilities- of- an- adult- and- do- chores- that- I- do- when- you- go- to- sleep” is not working on LF. He is having waaay to much fun cleaning up my house while I am sitting on the computer.

Hm…maybe I should just zap some of his DNA, grind it up into a secret formula, put it in a capsule, and turn it into a multi-million dollar energy supplement company?

Manic Monday

Today, when I was getting ready to go to bed, I discovered two HUGE rips in my bedsheet. If you own a CAL KING size bed, you will appreciate this, as you know that the mattress sheets for these deep pocket suckers cost almost as much as the damn mattress. Not that my sheets are the family treasure, but I paid good money for that stupid sheet, it’s purple, and I am not going to rip it up for rags.

So, I pulled out my sewing machine, blew off the dust, and started sewing away. I discovered the various stitch setting my sewing machine has, which will make my mother very happy when she reads this :). While I am stuffing this huge sheet through my machine, creating wrinkles and tucks where there were none before, I realize that the sheet is so thin and fine that every tug rips a new hole. My sheet kept ripping more. WELL! I decide to find a piece of scrap from some mermaid curtains, since every girl can use a little mermaid magic in her bed. I made a HUGE patch, LOL, and slapped it right over the raggy rips. Then I was having so much fun with the patchwork stitch, I played around and turned that patch right into a “stitch sampler”. If I decide to recycle this sheet after all, I can always turn this piece into a pillow, or maybe a skirt???

Guess what I found when I pulled out my sewing machine? The loader plug to my Palm Pilot that has been missing for about a year. Now, my friends, I may keep my appointments again :)..

Or maybe not.

Manic Monday

Today, when I was getting ready to go to bed, I discovered two HUGE rips in my bedsheet. If you own a CAL KING size bed, you will appreciate this, as you know that the mattress sheets for these deep pocket suckers cost almost as much as the damn mattress. Not that my sheets are the family treasure, but I paid good money for that stupid sheet, it’s purple, and I am not going to rip it up for rags.

So, I pulled out my sewing machine, blew off the dust, and started sewing away. I discovered the various stitch setting my sewing machine has, which will make my mother very happy when she reads this :). While I am stuffing this huge sheet through my machine, creating wrinkles and tucks where there were none before, I realize that the sheet is so thin and fine that every tug rips a new hole. My sheet kept ripping more. WELL! I decide to find a piece of scrap from some mermaid curtains, since every girl can use a little mermaid magic in her bed. I made a HUGE patch, LOL, and slapped it right over the raggy rips. Then I was having so much fun with the patchwork stitch, I played around and turned that patch right into a “stitch sampler”. If I decide to recycle this sheet after all, I can always turn this piece into a pillow, or maybe a skirt???

Guess what I found when I pulled out my sewing machine? The loader plug to my Palm Pilot that has been missing for about a year. Now, my friends, I may keep my appointments again :)..

Or maybe not.