OK, it sounds a little self-serving as a parent, but it’s truly the first step in economic literacy for kids.  In my home, there are chores that are mandatory and just part of being a member of a large family — things like taking out the trash, watching your baby sister while I cook dinner, or cleaning your room.  However, helping me clean out the garage, organize the basement or babysitting while Mom and Dad go out to dinner are all on a fee basis.


Attaching money to a job well done instead of collecting an allowance for simply breathing is a valuable real life lesson.  Besides, studies have shown that kids who have chores whine less.  You can’t beat that!


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 #MsLIBRE

Real Empowerment:  Teaching our Daughters the Value of Hard Work, Self-Reliance & Entrepreneurship


In 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!