Life, liberty … and the pursuit of lemonade
Setting up a lemonade stand is one of the few things kids can “legally” do to be entrepreneurs in America. Kids have been earning money selling lemonade for generations. Selling lemonade is one of the absolute best ways to empower children. Selling lemonade is one of the few rights children have in America.
In every aspect of our society we possess such overwhelming control over the lives of children that they are prohibited by law from doing things which not only could help children live and learn by doing, but most importantly creating instead of consuming. Our society stifles children’s growth by preventing them from working to create value and gain valuable real world experience. School and childhood in America is all about consuming , the powers that be don’t want children creating in life, they want them working for them and buying their creations.
It was illegal to for kids to sell lemonade in Texas up until 2019 when Governor Greg Abbot literally had to pass a law because police shut down a kid’s lemonade stand.
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Multiple other states have passed similar laws protecting children’s right to sell lemonade.
“Instead of providing space for kids to learn about entrepreneurship, they’re being taught harsh lessons about the heavy hand of government by overzealous bureaucrats," Doherty said in a statement.
“No child should have their creativity and hard work discouraged by legal requirements that are intended for much more complex, adult-run businesses,” Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak
Stopping at Every Lemonade Stand: How to Create a Culture That Cares for Kids by James Vollbracht