In honor of my kids starting school this week, I thought I’d share our last big summer hurrah—the lemonade stand. Trenton has been talking about doing this all summer. (Slowly wearing us down? ;) And since I always wanted to do one as a kid, we penciled it in for the last weekend of summer.
Here they are sampling the merchandise. Quality control, people!
We picked lemons from a friend’s tree, and the boys juiced every single one. They cut out the words I printed for the sign and taped them onto the poster board. They helped me make the Nutella brownies and helped their dad haul the table and chairs to the nearby shopping plaza. They even did their hair and wore “nice shirts” in hopes that their cute faces would sell more lemonade. :)
After devoting practically two whole days to this gig, I wanted to share what we learned…so you’ll know what you’re getting into when you pull out your red checked tablecloth and buckets of lemons. :)
4 Things We Learned from Our First Lemonade Stand
In the future, when I see kids selling something, I will scrounge up whatever cash I can and buy something!! I felt so much gratitude to the people who supported our boys by buying a cup of lemonade or a brownie. To kids, it is SO MUCH MORE than a cup of lemonade.
A lemonade stand happens to be the perfect early introduction to sales and people skills. They played around with what to say and how to say it to get people to stop on their way into the grocery store.
I’m pretty sure we spent as much as we made. :) But the boys were pretty darn happy with their 25 bucks!
It was a fantastic way to give the boys a chance to WORK. As a parent, I want to always have my eyes wide open for those opportunities for them. I remember watering my elderly neighbor’s flowers and checking her mail, for a bit of money, when I was a kid—and then doing some cleaning for her when I was older. I see so much more value in that now than I did then. Now I can see that it taught me to show up when I said I would and to follow through with my commitments. As my neighbor (and her cat) followed me around telling me about her grandchildren, I learned to listen—and to see what life would be like in someone else’s shoes. Kids need those lessons, and I’m excited to help my kids find them wherever they can, starting with their first lemonade stand. :)