My eight year old came up to me last month. She says: "Dad, I need some money."
In my mind I'm pretty upset. My wife and I don't use credit and we've tried to instill in our kids that hard work reaps success . . and here I am about to go off on my beautiful daughter because somewhere I have failed. I'm really more upset with myself.
She continues, "So are there any chores I can do around the house to earn it?"
I took her out for ice-cream before I found some work for her.
My oldest does the same. She has music she want to buy she says "Are there any chores I can do". Makes me feel good. I did something right.
Good for both of you! I 'hired' my nine year old to wash my Company car every two weeks. He makes money to buy his Nintendo DS games and whatever else he wants to spend it on.
The bonus is that, since it is his own hard earned money, he considers every purchase he makes carefully to decide if it is something he really wants or not.
Maybe it was different when I was young ... worked in a plant nursery at 14 laying sod and unloading trucks. By 15, I was laying wood floors at the local roller rink.
Not to mention all the yards I mowed, odd jobs, etc. before I was even 14.