What were some of the biggest obstacles that you as a parent faced in supporting your child’s entrepreneurial spirit?
Having to learn a new industry (food and beverage) while actively learning and launching a company was a lot for us to learn.
D'Andra: Initially, it was a tough decision for me to give up my career to launch and grow the business.
Theo: It has been a challenge to work a day job and then focus on Me & the Bees evenings and weekends.
Striking the balance and making sure we always keep family first is our priority. With family time, church, school, extracurricular activities, friend time AND running a family business, it’s easy to let things get off kilter, so we are always mindful of that.
As a parent, what have you learned through this experience?
Kids are a lot more insightful about things and are maybe even more business-minded than adults. They are not conditioned to see the obstacles we see or have inhibitions based on personal experiences. When children are naturally fearless, we as parents have to learn to not let our fears hold them back from achieving their dreams. If you let them dream big, kids will have fantastic ideas and heaps of energy to pursue their dreams.
If you had a do-over, what would that be?
Don't wait to hire experienced people to be part of the team. Bring in top talent sooner rather than later to get them up to speed and entrenched in the business and company culture.
What advice would you give other parents to help support their young entrepreneurs?
Always remember to save time for kids to be kids! Don’t throw up barriers to your child’s dreams and help them to “bee fearless.”
To Mikaila: How has it impacted you to have your parents support you like this?
From an early age, I knew that my ideas had value and my parents always encouraged me to dream, be curious, and generate ideas. They are my two biggest fans who always supported me, so that gave me the courage to grow my fan base to include others who also believed in my ideas. Mom and Dad have been a huge inspiration and support system, and I’ve learned so much from them, especially problem solving and teamwork. I love that we are all true are collaborative partners. Without the support I’ve gotten from them, there’s no way my company would even still exist and here we are, 10 years later! I’m excited to share more on my story with my book “Bee Fearless, Dream Like a Kid,” coming out this August.