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As you may remember from my last post (Moving Brings Us Together) my family recently landed in a new neighborhood.  Socially it has been night and day from our old street.  Over there it was quiet and everyone kept to themselves, even the families with kids.  But on our new street, there is a huge sense of ohana.  All the parents look out for all the kid’s safety, the kids get along and play well together and we all genuinely like each other.  Right before school let out for summer break, the kids decided to have a lemonade stand.  It brought the kids even closer together and was the sweetest thing I have witnessed to date.  Here are a few things I learned from our first lemonade stand:

Lemonade Stand

It doesn’t have to taste good

While our lemonade was actually quite tasty (we used only water and a packet of a powdered drink mix), the actual taste is not important to anyone involved.  In fact, my kids aren’t even big fans of lemonade in general.  The people who stopped and bought the lemonade would have bought it even if it were straight bitter, lemon juice.  There is something really special about seeing kids working together on a common goal that encourages people to support them. 

Lemonade Stand

Have plenty of supply

While you can limit it to just one physical plastic cup per child by writing their name on it, make sure you have extra lemonade ingredients.  The kids will drink WAY more than you think they will and you want to make sure that you have plenty for your actual paying customers.

Lemonade Stand

Other kids will support your stand

We held our stand in front of our house, which is on a very quiet street during the afternoon.  I didn’t expect to have many customers.  But I was more surprised that most of our customers were kids in the older grades from our school and the middle school kids.  A cool kid on a bike rode by and of course the kids hollered and waved their signs at him.  He coolly shared that he didn’t have any money.  About five minutes later I see him walking back to our stand with his fifty cents.  It made me, and the kids, so happy.

Lemonade Stand

The kids naturally choose jobs

Maybe this isn’t the case with all lemonade stands, but with ours, each kids seemed to fall in to a role.  One passed out cups, one handled money, a few held signs and recruited customers, etc.  There was no bickering and they had SO much fun.

Lemonade Stand

It’s not about the money

The kids had talked about making money with their entrepreneurial adventure.  But in the end, it didn’t matter how much money they made.  I wish I would have known that prior to buying 2 rolls of quarters to add in for the kids to split up as profit…In the end they each took home about $5 which I thought would blow minds.  It really didn’t matter.  They still talk about their lemonade stand and I’ve never once heard them talk about how much they made from it.

And as much as the kids loved having a lemonade stand, the adults did too.  My husband, not wanting to miss out, came home at lunch to make the kids special signs (which we’ve saved for our future stands).  Before we broke down our stand for the afternoon we discussed with the kids the changes we would make for our next one.  Because there will be a next one.  And I am sure that we will bring even more of the neighborhood together because of it.