I don’t want my kids to buy me any more stuff for birthdays or holidays.
But, I do want my kids to practice thoughtful gift giving and experience all of its benefits.
The answer? Kid service bucks.
Let your kids give you a voucher for a favorite service they can provide personally.
Like what? Culling through some anonymous transactions on our family finance site turns up an eclectic set of services that parents value. How do I know these services are valued? Because I can see parents are already paying top dollar for them!
Here are some favorites I found. They run the gamut from the practical to the quirky:
- back scratches
- hand drawn pictures
- cleaning the fish tank
- mowing the lawn
- whacking the weeds
- cleaning out and organizing drawers
- washing the car
- taking the car to the car wash (for driving teens)
- babysitting younger siblings
- planning and making their own school lunches
- making mom’s or dad’s lunches for work
- helping mom or dad cook dinners
- making dinners
- planning a week of meals
- running errands
- handling car pool pickups (for driving teens)
- being awesome (that earned one kid $6 — clearly a high value service!)
See any you’d appreciate? Start dropping some hints to your kids. Maybe it’s time to “accidentally” leave a wishlist on the counter.
Kids can draw the vouchers by hand or make kid service dollars using the same technique I use for making Mom/Dad dollars.
Oh, and just in case my kids are reading: a handmade card and a few bike rides with Dad make the perfect gift for me!
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