Sunday, September 9, 2007

Parentpreneur and The "soul" of my e-store

I just love and couldn't agree more with the word of "Parentpreneur" . I am not entrepreneur or what so ever business woman typo. I am just a parent who happens to run an home based e-store.
And I don't have a entrepreneur background, or did a formal course for business , and I don't have a certificate that said I am passed to be a parent as well. (sound familiar?)

So what is a Parentpreneur? I found a book from Julie Lenzer Kirk , she described:

" Most people think you can't be serious about business and also be a good parents. Or , if you are a good parent, you have to let things slide at work. The truth is , they are more similarities between these two roles than there are differences.
There are no exam to be an entrepreneur and no way to earn a degree in parenting."

I become a mom without skill at all but I am doing it anyway. So does for the e-store.
And I do treat my e-store like my child. I want people to feel "the soul" behind my e-store and I hope this will distinguish it from other e-stores. I want it to give joy, warm, happiness, I want people to connect with it. Even though it is just a virtual site, I want to lift it up by giving a "soul " behind it.

I want people to feel , when they go through my e-store that , the items listed there have personal feeling to me, I choose that to be use on my own kids , so the choices there are truly personal. What is really work for me and my kids. And being tested by a real mom, to see if that items can fit into our lifestyle in Malaysia.

Raising Mia Bambina is like raising my own children , here is how:

I do have lots of passion for it. And the most important I do have bonding with it. I love every single second I spend with it.

If other "babies" can walk at 10 months of age , and my " bambina" is still crawling, I don't mind either, I believe each" baby" got their own pace to reach certain milestones.

Surviving the first year is just an amazing journey, like every babies, the first year is the most important timing. "spit" up will happens a lot too...:) but hey, it is just a part of healthy growing.

I do expect many hiccups , stumbles, falls to happens during the first 2-3 years . ( yeah ..must prepare extra "band aid")

I do expect to have a "terrible two" :) ( Mom.....I can do it ! let me do it!, that is mine! I don't want to share! )

I also allow mistakes to happens. ( and make sure it understand the mistake and promise not to repeat the same mistake *hmm finger cross*) :-D

And I teach my "bambina" to feed it self eventually. ( still on the training for this, the starting will be a very messy job and needs a lots of cleaning up)

I teach it to earn respect and show respect to others. (this is the ground rules for my other kids too!)

I also emphasized on positive "NO" ( "No, you can't have that now, but you can have this instead")

I encourage creativity and positive attitudes. ( "How should we color the tree? Let's see what will we do if we mix these 2 colors" )

and I celebrate the "uniqueness " of each "individual" ( "Yes, the other girl does have a long blond hair, dear! but you are equally pretty and sweet with your short brown hair!" )

And the most important I feel PROUD to see my bambina grow , each day, during its up and down. I like it when it got a praise on from other moms , I like it when people feel connected with it.

I do hope I can enjoy Mia Bambina trough laughter and cries in years to come.

Well, I just hope that you can feel "the soul" of my "baby" too! And most important I do hope it can bring you joy!

It is not perfect, no body is, but by allowing a healthy grow, positive environment, self respect, I am sure it will grow to be a fine young lady.......some day...somewhere......

Till then....

mom of 3 : Indy, Maya and Mia Bambina. *wink*


farrahar said...

inspiring entry. here's wishing u all the best as a parentpreneur :)

Miranda Lea said...

very touching....almost shed a tear...

Julie said...

I couldn't agree more! You're site is awesome and it does have that personal feel to it. It is easy to tell you are passionate about it.

Peridot&Sapphire said...

with your strong determination, passionate and patient... i believe you will be a successful parent to all your three babies! ;)

Sandra@miabambina said...

Thanks for the wishes!
Hey I didn't wrote that to make u shed tears , unda! LOL
I just ordered the parentpreneur book, and i think that is a great eye opener to any moms who runs online stores. And just want to share it.
Julie hi there!
thanks for stopping by again!
and Thanks alot ot blog about Maya's billboard! Sooo nice of you!
keep in touch!

ParentPreneur said...

I am SO glad you see being a ParentPreneur as something to be PROUD OF! You ARE an entrepreneur if you're running a business from your home.

I think you'll see, when you read "The ParentPreneur Edge" that there is a LOT that we as parents have to add to our businesess. We CAN be good parents AND have a successful business.


Julie Lenzer Kirk
Author, "The ParentPreneur Edge: What Parenting Teaches About Building a Successful Business"

Sandra@miabambina said...
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Sandra@miabambina said...

Oh WOW! I mean OMG!
I could''t believe the author of PARENTPRENEUR her self post a comment on my " humble" blog.*blush*
I am going to read your book , actually -)
When I just read the front page and the reviews of your book, I just couldn't wait to buy.
I am waiting for it to be send to me! (CAN'T WAIT)
I just put on my opinions on this blog after at the moment, and when I read the whole pages of THE PARENTPRENEUR EDGE:Teaches About Building a Successful Business, I am sure I will have more insight views from there. And sure I will be able to use many useful tips!

Julie Lenzer Kirk : Thanks so much for bring out the parentpreneur in me and inspired me !

I REALLY REALLY can't wait to have you book in my hand ( I couldn't get it in local book store :( )
So I am ordering it from amazon :-D is an honor .

allthingspurple said...

sandra. HOnestly, I (and i think i can speak for the majority of my CD addict friends in your chatbox) can feel your passion about your work. I think you created CD awareness in Malaysia cos for the longest time ever, there were only 2 online stores selling CD and there is only one brand in each. Until you come along and offers us a variety and u try to cater to our request if you could and i really appreciate that. Thanks for all you did !!!!

Sandra@miabambina said...

Christine, I think you can say it like this:
Only real addict can turn others to be an addict as well! LOL

KittyCat said...

HI Sandra - first time here on your blog. I just wanted to echo Christene that your passion is positively radiant!

And your parentpreneur is what's inspiring me now ;-)