Startups, we've all heard, are a lot like children. They require an outsize amount of attention, energy, and resources--and they sure take a long time to grow up.

But what of the human children who grow up alongside a startup sibling? The typical entrepreneurial parent may have less time and attention to give, and the family's financial situation might not be as stable.

Yet there are some real benefits you are passing on to your children, benefits that will stay with them well into adulthood. Here are five advantages entrepreneurs' kids gain:

1) Your happiness makes them happier.

Global studies have found that entrepreneurs are significantly happier than the average population. They report higher levels of contentment and feel like they have gained what they want in life.

And happy parents lead to happy children.

Leanor Ortega Till of Denver, Colorado, was skeptical when her husband Steven said he wanted to start a screen printing business. He didn't have a college degree and had only done odd jobs up to then. But Steven surprised his family by stepping up to the challenge; he's done so well that he's already dreaming about his next venture.

About their two children, Ortega Till says, "They are so proud of their father. They've seen him working. They have great pride because they can physically see the products that he creates."

2) They learn about business from a young age.

More than two-thirds of entrepreneurs start their businesses from home; 95 percent will still be working from home five years later. While other children may focus exclusively on school and extracurricular activities, entrepreneurs' kids are exposed to much more at home.

Your children will likely hear about business strategy, sales, finances, and more over the dinner table and around the family room. They will have a head start in understanding how the business world works.

Vanessa Quigley of Provo, Utah, proactively involved her seven children when she and her husband Nate launched Chatbooks, which prints photo books from Instagram. "We brainstormed business ideas with the kids," she told me. "They got so excited about being involved and learning how to start a business. It's been really good for them."

3) The unpredictability of startup life helps your children become more resilient and adaptable.

Recent research has shown that stress has some real benefits--even for children. If we as parents expose our children to manageable levels of stress, they tend to grow into more resilient and confident adults.

"Everyone needs to experience stress. This is how we learn to solve challenges, build knowledge, and acquire new skills," says psychologist Oddgeir Friborg. "Children should also be allowed to experience stress."

Friborg compares childhood stress to vaccines; if provided in tolerable doses, it can make our kids healthier and stronger.

While you don't want to expose your kids to every stress you experience as an entrepreneur, allowing them to understand some of the uncertainties and challenges you're dealing with can actually benefit them.

4) Your children will have unique life experiences that shape the rest of their lives.

Jeff and Gail Wall run their own events company, organizing concerts and music festivals in the New England region. Their three children have helped with everything from water bottle sales to assisting the musicians they work with. "They've learned about how hard you have to work, and what it means to be entrepreneurial," Gail explained. "They also get to meet a lot of cool people."

And the unique life experiences can start early. Because of my husband's business, my four-year-old son has already traveled to four different continents, lived in Silicon Valley and Kenya, and has interacted with people from all over the world.

Such invaluable experiences will undoubtedly shape our children and how they see the world for years to come.

5) Your children will see greater possibilities in their own lives.

Social scientists have found that having entrepreneurial parents is one of the strongest determinants of someone becoming an entrepreneur.

When I spoke with Ortega Till, Quigley, and Wall, they all reported increased interest in business and entrepreneurship in their children.

But even if your children don't want to become entrepreneurs themselves, the example you have set for them will still shape their professional aspirations. "Our kids have seen what's possible," explained Ortega Till. "They see their parents pursuing their dreams."

That sense of possibility may be one of the greatest gifts you can give to your children.