When I started Parent Your Business™ I had a clear picture in my mind of the various stages businesses go through. Here are the ones I’ve laid out – I’ll elaborate on each of them in the coming posts.
- The Squalling Infant is a new business that demands your constant attention.
- The Unruly Toddler is incredibly fun but also in constant danger.
- The Surly Teen is pushing the boundaries and in many ways, outgrowing you.
- The Mature Adult is a business that’s running without your constant attention.
But there’s a really important stage right smack in the middle – the elementary age kid who’s learning and growing by leaps and bounds but still meets the occasional set-back. I admit, I’m stumped for a name that properly expresses the joys and frustrations, triumphs and trials of this stage.
My older two kids hit it in third grade. That was the year they were suddenly expected to do incredible new things. Write in cursive. Multiply. Give oral presentations. Study for tests. I nearly tore my hair out helping them through it. What they were able to do was amazing – and yet, there were times it was clearly obvious they didn’t have the skills, the experience or the knowledge to do what was being asked of them.
It’s so clear in my mind what businesses go through when they hit this – I just can’t quite land on a name I like. How would you describes it? Developing? Dizzying? Confusing? Amazing? All of the above?
E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave me a comment if you have an inspiration!