When my two children were 6 and 4, they wanted money. Money to buy something sweet. Money to buy something to play with. Money to buy something to wear. Money! Money! Money! How could I find ways for kids to earn money? Did I want to be an ATM machine for my kids forever?! Was it possible for young children to earn their own money? Was it important to teach them about money this early in life?
Being a mommy is not easy. And becoming the best mommy I could be was very challenging. As a mother, one of my jobs is to raise my children so that they can one day live on their own. Earn their own money. Pay their own bills. If I was truly passionate about my role as the mother of Xanthe, then age 6, and Quinn, then age 4, there had to be ways for kids to earn money – even kids as young as mine!
But first, why is it so important for kids to have their own money? I know why it is important for me to have money. Having money gives me power. With money, I can buy what I want or give some away to help someone out. I can save money to use on a rainy day. I can also invest some of my money and make is work for me. And with all these choices, I felt very good inside. Having money strengthened my self-esteem. If money did all that for me, imagine my kids feeling that way. ;o)
In fact, that’s exactly what I wanted to do for my kids – empower them! I thought to myself: “My kids need to learn how to make their own money and how to make their money work hard for them. They need to become confident in themselves so that they are better able to make wise money decisions.” There is no time to wait! Remember that saying “the early bird catches the worm?” Well, learning ways for kids to earn money is better taught earlier in life than later! ;o)
So, there’s no better time to start educating children to learn ways for
kids to earn money than when they are young – even as young as 4 and 6! I started thinking of different ways and I’m here to share some of my ideas with you to share with your kids:
- Doing special chores above the regular ones or odd jobs, like clipping coupons from newspapers and magazines and organize them (for you or your neighbors).
- Take on some dirty work, like cleaning cars or washing windows (low ones!)
- Care for others, like helping out at a toddler’s birthday party.
- Make things and sell them, like yard signs (“Thanks for slowing down” is a good one.) and banners (welcoming people home or celebrating birthdays).
In fact, as long as you are passionate about teaching your children ways for kids to earn money, you will be well on your way to raising well-prepared, empowered, money savvy young adults. ;o)
Never let the age of your child prevent you from helping him or her learn about money.
Click here to download your free copy of “50 Money Making Ideas for Kids and Teens” with over 50 easy ways for kids to earn money! ;o)
It’s time to stop our kids from using us like their very own personal ATM/bank machines, it’s time to help them to find some fun ways for kids to earn money for themselves! ;o)
Cheers … Amanda van der Gulik … Excited Life Enthusiast! ;o)