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#MsLIBRE Tip #2: Lemonade!

Yup, that all-American lemonade stand taught generations of kids the fundamentals of starting and operating a small business. But don't feel limited to lemons. My father started his own piñata making business when he was 12 years old. Maybe it's cake pops, jewelry or a lawn mowing business. Whatever it is, encourage your child to discover her passion and figure out a way to monetize it. The happiest people are people who have figured out how to make a living doing what they love. Oh, and make sure they pay you back for any capital investments you make in their business. When they enter the real world, no one gives away startup money.Takeaway:As parents, we can't leave it to schools, media or culture to instill and nurture hard work and entrepreneurship in our children. But it's ultimately our job as the main influencers in our child's life. The good news is that it's not rocket science! These are simple, easy ideas any parent can implement. Five Ways to Raise a Little #MsLIBREReal Empowerment: Teaching our Daughters the Value of Hard Work, Self-Reliance & EntrepreneurshipIn an era of child entitlement and instant gratification, parents can bring back values that virtually guarantee your daughter access to The American Dream. It's often overlooked that Hispanics start businesses at three times the national average. Nonetheless, children of all races and socio-economic backgrounds are losing touch with the American values of hard work and earned success. LIBRE advocates for policies that advance economic empowerment in U.S. Hispanic communities and protect the values that promote hard work and self-reliance as the path to true independence and prosperity. LIBRE launched the social media campaign #MsLIBRE to celebrate Hispanic women as beautiful, entrepreneurial, self-reliant and powerful as a counter campaign to President Obama's "Life of Julia" campaign- which featured a woman dependent on the government from cradle to grave. #MsLIBRE will not stand for that- Through this social media campaign, we empower women- not trap them in dependency -and we must teach the next generation the same values!#MsLIBRE understands the value of teaching these principles to our little ones, and with that in mind, our video segments "How to raise a little #MsLIBRE" provide parents with easy and practical advice for raising and empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs. While our campaign is aimed at Hispanic girls, our message of economic liberty, self-reliance and earned success is for all kids, regardless of age and gender because the American Dream is still alive for all who work hard and dream big!