Just recently, my daughter told me that she wanted to have a specific board game. I told her that she has more than enough toys and maybe we can give some to charity so she’ll have space for the new board game. She wanted it so badly that I eventually said, “Maybe you can save up for it?”. She liked the idea. Now, my daughter is in the First Grade so I was wondering what she can do to earn that money. It was an opportunity to teach her and my son about goal-setting.
About 2 weeks ago, my husband told the kids that he’s going to give them a penny for each weed(dandelion) that they pull up. My daughter was psyched while my son didn’t even know what that meant.
One week forward… my daughter hands a sheet of paper to my husband with the dates and the amount he owes her… It totaled… $10.63! We were stunned. How can she possibly get that much ? My mom was the witness. She worked hard for it every afternoon. My son… he got maybe $2.00, maybe less. He may not be ready for this yet but he’ll get the idea.
Last Saturday, they opened up their piggy banks and counted how much they had. Then we went to ToysR’Us. They bought toys using their hard-earned money. It was fun seeing them pay for their toys themselves. They felt really good and I think that made the toys more valuable to them.
One lesson learned but now we need to be consistent at letting them see the value of goal-setting. My daughter set her mind on it, worked for it, and got what she wanted.