While parenting unruly kids may be a hair-pulling experience at times (many times, actually), many of these qualities, like disobedience or an unwillingness to play by the rules, may actually signify a potential knack for entrepreneurship. This may be of little reassurance as you deal with them on a daily basis; however, there are ways to harness their potential that will help you control their behavior and redirect their focus to things that are more positive. Here are a few tips for how parents can give their children the opportunity to develop and apply their unique skill for defiance.
Start a Business
Sometimes the only thing unruly children need is something to hold their attention, as children with high intelligence often misbehave due to boredom. Starting a small business that they can help run is a great way to keep their attention and teach them how to be entrepreneurs. Sell baked goods at local farmers markets, or try something a little larger if your child is old enough. This doesn’t have to be complex business that requires a bunch of startup capital. In fact, you can start a profitable business with little money if you go with a business venture like Amway. Freelance work with the 30th largest private company in America will teach your child about entrepreneurship in ways that will help them move on to bigger ventures once they are old enough. Plus, they won’t have to give up their Amway business since it will be up-and-running and, hopefully, profitable already.
Find a Mentor
Research shows that children who are mentored are more successful, have better self-confidence and are less likely to have behavioral problems. By finding a mentor, you are opening a whole new world of possibilities to your child and helping them form habits that will help them succeed as entrepreneurs.
Many business people in the community are more than happy to offer time to mentor local children. And there are numerous mentoring programs available both through private companies and through government organizations. Or consider asking your friends if they would like to mentor your child or if they know anybody who would like to.
Consider Alternative Education
More and more parents are realizing that the traditional public school system isn’t always the best option for their children’s educational needs. In fact, many children with behavioral or educational issues thrive once they are placed in educational settings that are better suited for their needs or interests.
Examples of alternate education to consider are homeschooling, online schools (many public school systems are now offering online coursework for kids as young as first grade) and community college courses for older kids. Even if you don’t remove your children from a traditional school setting, there are other resources you can use to supplement their education that will keep them engaged in their education.
Children are smarter than most people give them credit for. If your children are unruly, it might be because they are wired a little bit differently. These kids need to have their minds stimulated. They do not need their will broken by draconian rules. Follow the above guidance and you will set up your little entrepreneur for success.