4 KIDS

Turn lemons into learn­ing, and en­sure your campers are happy.

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My boys are at a stage in life (ages 6 and 8) when their en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit is blos­som­ing. Last sum­mer, they asked me if they could host a lemon­ade stand to earn some pocket cash. The ex­pe­ri­ence was so much sweeter and more re­ward­ing than any of us ex­pected. Here’s what I learned:

1 LET THE KIDS RUN THE SHOW. Avoid any in­stinct to con­trol the process. Let your chil­dren’s cre­ativ­ity and ideas lead. You can be their sup­port!

2 USE PLAN­NING AS AN ON­GO­ING FAM­ILY

CON­VER­SA­TION TOPIC. Choos­ing a theme (ours was Happy Food and Drinks) and a color scheme (blue, white, and yel­low) and de­cid­ing what treats to make gave us lots to talk about dur­ing fam­ily din­ner­time.

3 TEACH THEM ABOUT OVER­HEAD COSTS.

At first, our boys had some grand ideas about what to of­fer to at­tract guests. We had to ex­plain the con­cept of over­head costs and how to ad­just their of­fer­ings— and their pric­ing—to make a profit.

4 THINK OUT­SIDE THE PITCHER. Why stop at lemon­ade? Our kids had the (bril­liant) idea to sell cof­fee for the adults to en­joy in ad­di­tion to the lemon­ade. Hot co­coa or iced tea would have been smart choices, too, de­pend­ing on the weather.

5 GET THE KIDS IN THE KITCHEN WITH YOU.

It’s fun to squeeze fresh lemons! Of­fer­ing baked goods or other treats in ad­di­tion to lemon­ade? Let the kids help make them so they can own the ex­pe­ri­ence even more. Our boys made crispy rice ce­real treats with smi­ley faces on them.

6 CHOOSE A HIGH-FOOT-TRAF­FIC DAY.

Check list­ings for lo­cal events you can pig­gy­back on to boost foot traf­fic. We held our stand dur­ing a neigh­bor­hood-wide garage sale, for ex­am­ple. A lo­cal pa­rade or fun run could be good, too.

7 DON’T LET LE­GAL IS­SUES SOUR THE

EX­PE­RI­ENCE. Check re­quire­ments for per­mits and ped­dling in your city. If sell­ing food isn’t al­lowed, you could give away lemon­ade and treats and ac­cept do­na­tions in­stead. For an added les­son: En­cour­age your kids to give pro­ceeds to a lo­cal char­ity.

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