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Lemonade Stand Extinct?

Updated on August 3, 2012

I fear that I have seen my last lemonade stand.

I was on Yahoo answers the other day and I actually saw three questions being asked about how can a young person make money. All three said, “Do not say Lemonade stands!”. What!? I cannot believe it. No Lemonade stands!

I must say that I have not seen one in a long time. I had one when I was a kid, about 40 years ago. Yikes!

I had the discussion with my wife and she said you can no longer have them in Australia. It’s an occupational hazard issue for heck’s sake! Whatever happened to the kids selling candles too!

Nowadays, even the Girl Scouts rarely go door to door.

I believe this has more far reaching roots than just kids not wanting to get out and do it anymore. We have become an insular society in my mind. Here are some things to think about:

1.) There are studies on why kids are not outside playing anymore.
2.) Kids spend more time playing video games than playing outside.
3.) We are more obese than ever
4.) Do you really know your neighbors?
5.) Parks and playgrounds are vacant due to idiots trying to snatch kids

I could go on forever.

What will our society be like in 10 years? The only friends we will have will be on a computer screen.

The art of conversation will be non existent. In fact, my daughter said the other day that she will start talking to a guy on Facebook first, rather than face to face at school!

Maybe this is all just useless rambling. Maybe I am old fashioned. LOL!


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    • createmyeconomy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from USA, Australia

      Thanks for the comments! Too many kids inside playing xbox, ybox, and you name it!

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      6 years ago

      Kids used to profit from lemonade stands because other kids bought the beverage when playing outside. How often do you see kids riding bikes down the streets anymore? Kids are getting too distracted by technology and missing out on some good, creative, outdoor fun and it is sad.

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      I have to chuckle when I saw that ad for a 'Discovery Kids' lemonade stand. Come on...this seems counterproductive for the purposes of the idea of a lemonade many cups of lemonade will it take for mom or dad to get their initial investment back, haha. Back 'in the day' we stuck a card table out on the side walk and made a sign out of cardboard or posterboard. Someone would ride around on his bike to advertise or flag people down at the corners.

      Good points here. Face to face conversation is a dying art for the new generation, apparantly. But, texting-they can do that with speed and in a language I have yet to master-and I'm not sure I am interested in doing so.


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