Sarah: When did you notice that Greyson was interested in making money/being a kid in business?
Mrs. MacLean: When Greyson dreamt up the idea for BrickStix, money was the last thing on his mind. He wanted the product to exist, and he needed to figure out how to make it happen.
Sarah: Did you know everything you needed to know to create business success for kids and if not how did you find mentors or go about introducing him to mentors?
Mrs. MacLean: I don’t think anybody knows everything about how to create a business success. We used commons sense, experience, and asked questions when we didn’t have answers.
Sarah: Are you or your spouse in business and if so – do you think that has given you an edge in raising a kid in business or CEO Kid?
Mrs. MacLean: Both my husband and I have started businesses. I don’t think just having a business gives our kids an edge. They have witnessed and been involved in the hard work and dedication it takes it keep a business going. If there is an edge– it’s seeing and understanding the work involved.
Sarah: What do you think is the best way to support kids in starting a business – what did you do to support him along the way?
Mrs. MacLean: We found the best support was listening. We listened to him talk about what was missing from his play with LEGO bricks and what he wanted to create. His invention happened because we listened and believed in him.
Sarah: How do you help your CEO Kid stay balanced in all the other things they are doing in life?
Mrs. MacLean: Balance was easy for us. Greyson enjoys lots of different things. We make sure he gets time to do all of them.
Sarah: What role besides that of parent do you play in his business?
Mrs. MacLean: There is a whole team behind BrickStix. Greyson was nine when he invented them and is 12 today. School is his priority. He is very involved in the growth of his invention, but adults handle most of the day to day running of the business.
Sarah: What are some of the challenges that you see in helping kids start a business or what were some of the challenges you faced in helping him become the success he is today?
Mrs. MacLean: Kids ideas face the same challenges as adult ideas. They take time to develop, so patience is a necessity. They take money to start up, so funding is required. Most important, they take creativity–Grey had that covered!
Sarah: Is there anything you would have done differently that you would be willing to share with other parents of CEO Kids or kids who want to start businesses?
Mrs. MacLean: It’s hard to imagine anything different. I think every business follows it’s own path. Of course there were hurdles; we did what we could, when we could. If life was perfect, it would have been easier, but the struggles teach you along the way. Greyson, and his sisters have learned a lot. I am so grateful for the lessons.
Sarah: Share your TOP 3 – 5 tips that every parent of a CEO Kid should implement
- Make sure they still take time to be kids.
Sarah: If you could have had resources available to helping kids starting a business or in helping you raise a CEO Kid, what would you have wanted?
Mrs. MacLean: I think Greyson would enjoy a class where other kids interested in inventing and starting a business could share ideas with peers. Peers can be a great influence on ideas, plus they get a chance to test their idea with a target audience.