In recent years, seen Burt’s Bees products popping up everywhere. I have even seen them available in national chains like Bath & Body Works and Walmarts. very glad that my favorite health and beauty products are now widely available in most parts of the United States.
Burt’s Bees was a company started by a bee keeper named Burt and his buddy Roxanne in Maine. From seeing photographs of Burt you would probably size him up as an old hippie, but regardless of his appearance he is definitely a genius at making good products. The company thrives on being “natural.” They use as many natural ingredients as possible. In fact, many of their products are 100% natural or close to it. They also use only environmentally friendly packaging that produces as tiny waste as possible.
I absolutely swear by their Super Shiny Grapefruit & Sugar Beet Shampoo. It’s 98.20% natural. It has citrus extracts to promote shine and the sugar beet extract any hair damage.
They have two very yummy adult toothpastes that are 100% natural: Cinna Mint and Laveder Mint. They also have a kid’s toothpaste as well that tastes really fruity and is flavored with orange oil. I really like the idea of using natural toothpaste especially on children considering most toothpaste labels warn consumers not to swallow it for fear of poison!
Another useful product that I get a great deal of use out of is their 100% natural insect repellent. It works just as good if not than chemical brands and it smells good. Plus, without containing any DEET, you don’t have to fear slathering your children with it.
My favorite part of their product line hands down is their Baby Bee line. Babies have particularly sensitive skin so these natural products are ideal when trying to avoid irritation. My favorite of the line is their apricot baby oil that smells just delicious compared to most baby oils purchased. For each of my relatives and friends that have newborns, I their Baby Bee Starter Kit which is a sampling of all their wonderful baby products. It’s sure to make them fall in love with the Burt’s Bees line.
Burt’s Bees comes out with new creations all the time, so check their website www.burtsbees.com often. To date, I have not tried one product that hasn’t absolutely satisfied me and I am sure that you will feel the same.
Grooming Your Children to be Successful Entrepreneurs If you?ve fully committed yourself to real estate investing, your natural inclination will be to share your love of real estate with your children. This is a worthy goal, but there?s a right way and a wrong way of doing it. Follow my roadmap for entrepreneurship and your children will be poised for success, regardless of what they decide to do with their lives.
The first thing you need to keep in mind is that your children aren?t necessarily just younger versions of you. They will have their own wants and needs, but they will also naturally be curious about exactly what it is that you do.
There?s nothing wrong with exposing them to the world of real estate investing. As a matter of fact, exposure to real estate investing principles may help them to define very early in their lives what it is that they want to do for a living. It can also serve a much larger purpose: It will give you lots of one-on-one time with your children and provide teachable moments; times that your children will look back on even decades later with warmth and fondness. And believe me when I say this: You?ll get even more out of it!
It?s important as you do this that you make this a fun process for your kids. If the time you spend educating them about real estate investing and entrepreneurship feels more like an extension of school, they may not have fun. If it isn?t fun for your kids, they may tune you out or resist learning the important principles you?re trying to teach them about.
The best way to expose your children to real estate is by providing them with general information about entrepreneurship and then giving them specific examples that relate to real estate investing. If they express an interest, continue. If not, pull back. If you force the issue you may completely turn them off to real estate investing. What they learn from you can lay a foundation for a lifetime of wealth even if they ultimately decide that real estate investing isn?t the specific form of entrepreneurship that they?re interested in pursuing. Here are a few other things you can do as well:
Setting goals ? In many ways, children are hard-wired as natural goal-setters. The problem is, they usually fail to follow through with concrete action. Try teaching them how to reach a goal by breaking a single goal down into a series of easily reachable mini-goals. For instance, if they want to buy a new DVD that costs $20 and they can save $5 per week towards that DVD, help them to make a chart that will help them to track their progress. Every week when they save $5, let them color in the next portion of the chart that shows the progress that they have made. You?ll be teaching them the importance of setting goals and following through on those goals with clearly defined steps that will help them to reach the goal of owning that new DVD. Share in their excitement with them as they get even closer to reaching their goal ? and then celebrate their ?victory? when they buy the DVD. Then go home and watch it together!
Motivation ? One of the most difficult principles to teach a child is motivation. They change speeds (and directions) so quickly that it?s often hard to keep up with them. In order to help keep your kids motivated, it?s necessary that you provide them with plenty of encouragement and positive reinforcement. For instance, if you?re teaching your child the importance of saving money for a rainy day (which is important in real estate investing and general entrepreneurship), they may want to tap into their rainy day fund every time they want something a day or two before they receive their allowance. Remind your child of how much they have saved and that being patient now will pay huge dividends later.
Investing Principles ? Children have no idea about what general investing principles are and how appreciation works. It?s a very limited scale, but interest earned from a simple savings account can teach them the principle of appreciation. Explain to your children that by holding onto an asset ? in this case a savings account ? that their investment will be worth more in a year than it is today. Many times, you won?t need to do anything special to receive that benefit other than hold onto the asset. As your children get older, you can show them on paper how real estate can get MUCH more valuable on an even more accelerated timeline.
Teaching your kids principles of entrepreneurship will come in handy if they ultimately decide to follow in your footsteps as a real estate investor. However, these lessons have many other helpful applications in ensuring that they?ll have a good background in goal-setting, staying motivated, and the patience to be good investors, too. Entrepreneurs and other go-getters are in relatively short supply. By giving your children a broad knowledge base you can help to ensure a lifetime of prosperity for your kids ? and you?ll be doing your part to help create another generation of success-minded Americans who will ultimately change the world for the better!
Charrissa Cawley is the founder of , one of the fastest growing real estate investment training organizations in the US in addition to , the top rated Real Estate Investor Community on the web today.