Your Dad's Lessons—Business lessons through children’s books
By Gwendolyn Gardner
As entrepreneurs we break land and speed records with what we attempt to accomplish. We feel like we cannot hold on sometimes.
I am reminded of the Audrey Hepburn quote, "The best thing to hold onto in life is each other," and the children's book, Me and My Dad by Alison Ritchie and illustrated by Alison Edgson.
Richie writes through a fuzzy papa bear and a playful baby bear. Little bear says, "We go out exploring, there's so much to see. My dad knows where all the best secrets will be." Ritchie reminds us to remember all those good feelings and lessons our dads gave us; we can pass them on to our pals and clients.
"My dad twirls me ‘round and the world whizzes past. My head gets all dizzy, I'm spinning so fast!" You feel as if you are spinning at times; I am sure. The little bear still holds onto her dad though.
"When it's raining my dad plays a staying - dry trick - To dodge all the raindrops we have to be quick." You will not be able to dodge all the raindrops, but you can tell your friends and family about them.
"My dad is so strong; he can lift anything. I hope I'm strong, too, when I'm grown-up like him."
Remember him whispering in your ear about how strong you can be when a check from a retailer hasn't arrived on time, and your supplier's phone number pops up on your cell phone!
"When I get sleepy, dad gives me a hug and carries me home, all cozy and snug...my dad is the best daddy bear there could be. We're together forever---my dad and me."
I lost my dad in 2007, so I cannot hold onto him physically, but I can still hold onto the memories and the lessons he taught me.
"Keep going," he would say. "Keep trying---just do the best you can---that's all you can do."
And---hold your best friend's hand.
Fun is defined as something that provides mirth or amusement. Ubiquitous idioms include the word fun. We had a barrel of fun at the party. He is more fun than a barrel of monkeys. It was fun while it lasted. AWHFY?!
We may think of fun as trivial; something to do after we work. However, it’s important for our survival; when we are having fun, we are happy.
Dads are an integral part of a child’s life.
Research shows that confident dads who embrace parenting have children who show fewer behavioral problems prior to the teen years.
An article in The Guardian, highlights a study that came out in 2016. “A man’s attitudes towards fatherhood soon after his child’s birth, as well as his feelings of security as a father and partner, are more important than his involvement in childcare and household chores when it came to influencing a child’s later behavior.”
I launched Simply Chickie baby and toddler clothing to make people laugh, spread the idea of world peace, and make people aware of what they put on their body.
If you can make someone laugh, that person will pay attention to you.
My most popular romper and the one that truly launched the company, Inside me I’ve got, had a sweet beginning.