Friday, July 16, 2010

Schooling Outside the Box

Chelsea and I have a plan for this new
school year.  It involves a field trip per
week.  Not just random field trips, mind you.
We are going to visit cafe's and eateries 
all over our area.  

You see, it is Chelsea's dream to open a 
Cafe' one day.  I can think of no better way
to do research and plan than to go to see 
what others have done.  Perhaps we will work
up the nerve to speak with the owners.
We will have a list of questions prepared 
in case it is convenient.

In any case, Chelsea will have a notebook
and pen, with an assignment of writing down
the top three and bottom three observations 
at each establishment.

I know that she is serious as her first notebook
is getting to be full of lists of coffee drinks and 
baked goods she wants to offer.  Next on her 
agenda is to work to develop her own recipes for
each of these items.  She wants to be as original 
as is possible.  

I think this is lining up to be a very fun
and tasty school year at Hospitality Lane!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Working Together

This past week has been wonderful.
I have seen such growth in Jonathan and Chelsea.

You see, we had several large projects that 
needed to be completed.  Warren and Mikey 
are at work all day so that left Chelsea, Jonathan
and me to get them done.

It has been a blessing to work together.
To strategize.
To implement.
And occasionally to rethink.

We have made lists.
We have delegated.
And then we have flown by 
the seats of our pants when
things didn't work out as we had 
pictured them.

It has been good to leave a lot of 
the planning in the kids' hands to 
let them work through the process.
They have come through very well.
We are pleased.

This did not used to come 
easily to me.
I am the type that would
rather do it myself.
the kids are earning my
trust each and every day.

Are you raising young people who 
are able to troubleshoot, process and plan?
We don't do them favors by hand holding them
past a certain point.
My philosophy is to give them enough 
freedom to prove themselves but to 
be available to help 
whenever and however they ask for it.

This is all a part of the learning 
process.  They are not going to 
get it perfectly right every time
but we should see