So, when I choose my side hustle (and the attempts I made before finding a successful one), I knew that I didn’t want to include my kids.
I needed that time away from them because I am with them every single moment of the day. It is part of my self-care routine. I need the time to work on something serious and have time to prove to myself that I can do grown-up things. It is how I prove to myself that I am good at things other than just caring for my kids.
But many moms don’t have the privilege that I do. Between school, work, and the demands of life, they need ways to find more time with their kids.
Can you include kids in your side hustle?
Yes, you absolutely can. How they are involved depends on the side hustle and their age and capabilities.
When I was small, my family mind quartz crystals on the weekends and my mother sold them throughout the week from our front yard.
Even though I was too small to actually do any of the heavy work, I went along each weekend. I would play while my father and older siblings dug. Then I would help wash and arrange the crystals for sale. And I never failed to enjoy a bulldozer ride.
How can kids help?
Like I said before, you will have to be creative when thinking about how to include your kids in the side hustle.
Older kids can help with pretty much anything from baking and packaging in a cottage foods business, to taking calls and making appointments in a cleaning business (even with the cleaning!).
Younger kids can certainly help with prep work, packaging, putting away supplies, or even just be there while your work (if the situation allows).
Should your kids help?
This is really only a question you can answer.
The work may not be within their skill level or their schedule.
Some parents don’t believe in giving their kids too much responsibility.
However, I believe there can be many benefits of including your kids in your side hustle.
First, they will learn a strong work ethic and benefit from your example. It can be a character building exercise.
Second, they can learn valuable people skills and practical skills like cleaning. Some skills are very marketable like furniture restoring or party planning.
Third, they can see how a business is run first hand. The first-hand experience will help them know whether they want to continue doing that business as an adult.
The key is balance. Don’t be afraid to experiment.
The beauty of a side hustle is that it can be both a way to take much needed me time or a way to steal some extra moments with your kids. It can be the thing that lifts you out of stress and brings you together.
So tell me, what you think? Should kids included in your side hustle?
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