A Q&A with Veronica Robinson
How have you inspired or encouraged your child to follow his entrepreneurial dreams?
I am a big supporter of my kid’s ideas. I never push, but always try to encourage. I watch and let him lead. When he shows motivation and puts in the extra effort, I stand behind and support.
Why was this important to you and to Evan?
It is important for it to be his idea, not mine. I love his creativity. Plus, if it’s his idea I’m not forcing him to do it.
What were some of the biggest obstacles that you as a parent faced in supporting your child’s entrepreneurial spirit?
Because he forged a different path, he was bullied. Crazy enough, it was mainly by adults. Teaching him to be strong in the face of adversity was really hard. So, now he’s a pretty resilient kid and very confident in his abilities.
As a parent, what have you learned through this experience?
Kids know what they want to do. If they are persistent, then they will see it through until the end.
If you had a do-over, what would that be?
I wouldn’t. I think if I did it over, the outcome would be different, and I wouldn’t want that.
What advice would you give other parents to help support their young entrepreneurs?
Listen to your kids. They think through things differently than adults. They have some cool ideas.
To Evan: How has it impacted you to have your parents support you like this?
Support is everything. It’s really important when doing big things, but even more important when doing small stuff. My parents have been unconditionally supportive through everything which has been amazing.