Be kind. Stop at a child’s lemonade stand and buy a drink – even if you aren’t thirsty or hate lemonade. Here’s why it’s important:
When you were a kid, did you have dreams of making your own money? Did you get your mother to help you mix the lemonade and set up the table, writing the sign in your childish print?
Remember the excitement and anticipation of having a customer stop and purchase a small glass of lemonade from you? It was invigorating to think that you could actually do something to generate income when you were under the age of 10!
Although the price has risen from $.25 to $1.00 these days, I always stop and buy from the enterprising young children I pass on the street. This isn’t just about kids making money; it’s a lesson in self-promotion and entrepreneurialism. Your purchase is a way of acknowledging their efforts at being self-sufficient.
The little girls who live next door to me recently put up a stand to sell pink lemonade for $1.00. Although it was warm and sickly sweet, their proud smiles of accomplishment brightened my day when I stopped to buy a drink from them.
My gosh, by the squeals of excitement and delight, you’d think I had given them $100! I know it made them feel good just to have someone stop, instead of driving by without even looking their way. It, in turn, made me feel happy to help build confidence in these young girls.
Do you have enterprising children in your community? Please leave a comment below to share your own story about the ways you support the young business owners you meet.
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