My first inclination is always to try to look “for the next big thing”. As you will see from the rules below, these are going to be businesses that are mostly driven by sweat equity. It can not be a business that generates any revenue from advertising. Because I want this to be a business where you sell something and get paid for it. Im not promising I will definitely invest anything.

Since Day One she has begged to walk alone to school.

At age 6, without older siblings/friends, I just couldn’t see that happening.

But rather than saying no, I outlined for her what I had to see that let me see she was ready to walk to school by herself: Looking both ways before crossing the street, crossing with confidence, being aware of time, etc., etc.

We role-played every conceivable situation from the cute kitten in someone’s yard, to the older kid who tries to push her around. Prior to that, we had no idea which kids from her school , if any, lived near us.

I didn’t want to escalate the situation without being certain there was any need to do so.

Then, this past Monday, it turned: The Boy tried to convince The Divine Miss O to leave the busy city street and to walk instead down the alley that runs parallel. she just already knew from past conversation that we would not approve of the alley route.

In a calm, casual way (though I felt anything BUT) I did my best to give her insight into The Boy’s motives…

to help her see him for the manipulative person he is… Before Christmas, The Divine Miss O had several opportunities to put our role-playing practice to good use, as we continued to discern just how serious this situation was…

Its easy to write about what the government or other people should do with our/their money. Businesses that just needed a jump start to get the ball rolling and create jobs. If you come up with the idea and get funding, you have a head start. You must demonstrate as part of your plan that you sell your product or service for more than what it costs you to produce, fully encumbered 7. I will make no promises that I will be available to offer help. There will be a standard agreement, you can take it or leave it.

It’s harder to come up with a course of action that I can undertake on my own that possibly, somehow could make a difference. Im a big believer that entrepreneurs will lead us out of this mess. If you execute better than others, you could possibly make money at it. Once I have done the standard agreement, I will post it here for all to see. Maybe it leads to great things, maybe it leads to nothing. Im not going to claim a minimum or maximum amount or total I will invest.

While the Divine Miss O had been enjoying his company, this day she took great offense to The Boy’s attempts at conversation… Does she know what boys and girls do together (“You know you’re almost 12 and boys are going to try and do things to you! She wasn’t phased at all, though she thought it was pretty weird that he would talk about this stuff when he doesn’t even really know her, and she repeatedly told him she didn’t discuss personal stuff outside her family (YEAH! “I didn’t want him to know I was uncomfortable, Mom… ” Mostly she was just confused about why he’d start talking this way. I truly don’t know what most other people would have done under the circumstances, but I told her I was very proud of how she handled herself and we began a new set of role-playing exercises: how to discourage an unsavory conversation, how to discourage someone from following you, how to find out more about someone without appearing to pry (I wanted to learn his last name)…