Lemonade stands don’t teach kids anything about capitalism or entrepreneurship

If my children’s experience is in any way representative, lemonade stands are joyfully embraced by adults but they don’t teach entrepreneurship. My kids’ clientele didn’t act like typical customers: They didn’t compare the price and quality of my kids’ lemonade to the price and quality of the lemonade being sold by other kids a few blocks over. They didn’t haggle. And that was the problem. Rather than encouraging an understanding of the value of money and hard work, my daughters’ customers taught them that all they had to do was show up.

They think they’re selling lemonade, but really kids are selling nostalgia and the feeling of good-deedery for adults.

In college me and a group of friends were riding in a car together when my friend driving spotted a lemonade stand, STOPPED the car, turned around, drove to the stand, and bought us all lemonade.

While appreciated, I did not want lemonade. I was not in the market for lemonade.

Add magazine subscriptions, t-shirts, candy bars, or any number of children’s fundraising activities to this list that survive based upon guilt-tripping adults into buying stuff they don’t need because it’s a good lesson for kids. Kids oftentimes don’t sell this stuff themselves. How many of you work in offices with parents that leave order forms out on tables?

…although I do wear the Mario t-shirt I got from time-to-time.