Guidelines for Parents and Guardians
• Parents of younger children may sit in their booth, but the children are to be responsible for the setup, sales and interacting with the customers.
• This event is designed to give children a taste of selling a product. Please let them have that experience.
• Any parent seen selling to the customer or promoting the child’s product will result in disqualification from the competition.
Five “Smooth Stones” – Principles to Keep in Mind
o There are so many opportunities. Allow your child the gift of wonder. Ask open-ended questions.
o Allow your child the gift of seeing the fruit of hard work.
o Treat your child as the sole owner. Let the child make the plans and the decisions as much as possible.
o Provide encouraging communication.
o Provide passion for the Children’s Business Fair.
• Parents tend to make children’s events too stressful. What is needed from parents are clear boundaries and backstage organization. Then, let the children flourish. This is not about you, it is about the child.
• Parents can make children’s events too complicated. This is not Shark Tank or a business plan competition. You do not need business plans with five-year projections.
• Parents tend to get ahead of their children in passion. There is great value in your child not getting everything done in time. This will help them learn. Make sure they create a product or service they are excited about. Remember the parental adage that “there is blessing in a skinned knee.”
• Parents tend to get ahead of children in competitiveness. Your role is not to be Elon Musk, a business school professor, or a venture capitalist.
• Parents tend to rob children of the joy of hard work. Do not do the work for the children. If the product or service looks messy, that is ok; in fact, that is great!
Encourage your children to make a good product or service, but never take the role of a business board, manager or owner. Do not rob the work environment of joy by prodding or criticizing. Your child is Chairman, CEO, and owner. Let your child be those things.
BOOTH SET-UP TIPS!
*Bring water and snacks.
*Bring CASH and CHANGE - how much is determined by your child's pricing structure. The higher the cost per item, the more cash/change you should bring.
*Keep your PET at home, please.
*Make sure each item has a clearly written price tag.
*If you are selling Baked Goods. Have a sticker label that indicates what the ingredients are. Be sure to Wrap Baked food items very well. ONLY BAKED ITEMS ARE ALLOWED.
*Decorate your table! Think: Large Sign. Table cloth. Tiers to stager item heights.
*BAGS to send your items home with your customers.