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Tips to Keep Your Kids Busy Outside of School

Child Care Parenting Tip

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These days, with technology within easy reach offering all the digital resources we could ask for, it makes sense to help our kids discover other creative outlets to help them broaden their abilities. Today, Granite State News Collaborative shares some out-of-the-box ideas to help keep your kids’ productive outside of school.

Teach them the skills to be an entrepreneur

Nowadays, more teens are getting into the world of entrepreneurship than ever before. If your teen is exhibiting entrepreneurial capabilities but hasn’t yet tried their hand at anything, now could be the ideal time to help them learn the ropes of what being an entrepreneur is like. Suppose they are particularly good at finding their way around the internet. In that case, you could encourage them to start their own e-commerce or drop-shipping business if the idea of selling items online appeals to them. This could be anything from selling homemade creations to wholesale items such as clothing and accessories.

Then there are the basic principles of running a business successfully, including drawing up a business plan, creating a website as well as selecting an appropriate business structure that will enable them to get started as soon as possible. This is where a limited liability company could work in their favor, as they could benefit from the tax advantages you get with this type of business structure and the protection it offers over one’s personal assets. Plus, an online formation service can help you get set up in minutes.

Encourage their creativity

To nurture your child’s creativity and keep them engaged in learning beyond the classroom, consider introducing them to online design tools. With access to numerous templates, fonts, and design elements, they can customize their own unique designs, fostering their imagination and design skills. This is a good option to consider as it not only encourages their creativity but also is free to use.

Shaping a business card, making greeting cards, or creating posters via drag-and-drop templates provides a practical skill set that can be valuable in the future. It’s a fun and educational way for kids to explore graphic design and express themselves through art while learning valuable digital skills.

Teach them about emerging fields

The way we work and the types of jobs that are increasing in popularity are vastly different from what it was when there was no technology available. Exposing your kids to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields could provide them with the skills and knowledge they need to be a force to be reckoned with in these fields.

Let them shadow someone

CareerAddict notes that there is perhaps no better way to teach your kids real-world experience than by encouraging them to connect and shadow those whom they admire in a work setting. So, if you have any contacts or know of anyone willing to mentor an up-and-coming entrepreneur, it may be a good idea to reach out and make those valuable connections now.

Let them test out their talents

Your child will know what their unique talents and abilities are the best; hence the importance of allowing them the space to test out what they are interested in doing so that they can narrow down their options. Maryville University points out that you can help them along here by letting them take personality and aptitude tests if they aren’t completely sure of the direction they want to go in.

As far as expressing their creative energy goes, being creative can also be an extremely therapeutic outlet for teens and young adults who are already under an enormous amount of pressure when it comes to school work and figuring out what it is they want to do afterward. Furthermore, immersing themselves in hobbies like coding is a way to let them have wholesome fun, which is what they are supposed to be doing at this stage in their lives.

Broadening the horizons of your child is meant to be a delightful journey, filled with discovery and joy. It offers an opportunity for you to learn alongside them, creating a shared adventure that enriches both of your lives. This process not only brings immediate joy but also promises long-lasting benefits that will continue to unfold over the years.


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