Thursday, November 10, 2016

Turn Why Into How When Kids Whine About Money

“Dad, why can’t I have ____?”

Fill in the blank. That lego set. The latest iPhone. The designer jeans. The high end gaming device. You name it.

“Because we can’t afford it.”

“Because you don’t need it.”

“Because I said so.”

Because dad is the bad guy, right?

Don’t let your kid play the victim. Flip the script. Change the question from why to how.

“How can you earn enough to buy ____?”

Maybe some odd jobs around the house.

Maybe some paid gigs in the neighborhood.

Maybe some simple freelance tasks.

Maybe creating and selling some creations online.

Suddenly, you aren’t the enemy any more. You’re the friendly facilitator.

The funny thing is, after kids put in sustained effort to diligently earn enough money to buy something, they often realize it isn’t worth it after all.

How cool is that?


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