Hard Work and the Value of a Dollar | Mom Minute

February 22, 2014

For my husband and I, both of our families taught us the value of hard work at a young age. It is something we felt was important enough to do the same with our own kids.

Value of a Dollar and Hard Work

Farrah, a fan on YouTube asked, “When should your child get a first job? How can you push them in a positive way?”

First Job

Obviously, we do not have legally-employable teenagers yet, but I do have advice for what I plan to do. This does not mean that I have not been preparing my children from a very young age to appreciate hard work and the value of a dollar.

In fact, just this week I had a parent ask me about how we teach our kids to work.

I went into detail about how we placed our children on salary {allowance} for “additional” household chores when they turned age 5. Keeping rooms clean and regular household chores are simply part of living in the home. Then, for each birthday present I had to buy, field trip or piano lesson I had to pay for, etc, the child had to contribute $0.25 towards it. Very quickly our children started to see that things have a cost, and that money is not plentiful.

{My husband then began a rule that he would charge the kids another $0.25 for lights being left on or outside doors being left open. You wouldn’t believe how helpful this was when it came time that they wanted something, and then did not have enough money to buy it!}

These efforts helped to teach our kids how to not only work for a salary, like in real life, but how to budget and understand the value of a dollar. We even held annual performance evaluations, and offered raises, or bonuses, if results met expectations… just like in real life.

While nobody is perfect in ensuring children learn these valuable lessons, it is important as parents that we do all we can to teach them in a simple¬†and relatable manner while they are young, so each is better prepared for life’s lessons as he/she ventures out in to the world.

To see more about how we teach our children the value of a dollar and hard work in the CGH home, please feel free to view the #MomMinute episode below…

What suggestions do you have the subject, and at what age did you have your first job?

Please free to leave your comments below…

Happy Parenting!

5 thoughts on “Hard Work and the Value of a Dollar | Mom Minute

  1. Hey! I love the hairstyle and I can’t wait to try it, but I wanted to ask a question. I doubt you’ll take it the wrong way, but I’m sorry if this is offensive or too personal. But I wanted to know if y’all are Mormon? I saw that, “What is a Mormon?” Under causes I believe in, so I figured you were. Dumb question I know, but I wanted to be sure. Also, I’ve noticed that you always wear white shirts under tanktops. Is that for modesty? I hope I’m not being nosy or rude. I’m just a very curious person. :) And I love your hairstyles! They’re beautiful!

    • Yes, we are Mormons. The under clothing is not only serves as underwear, but also for modesty, and to remind us of covenants we have made with the Lord. Kind of like putting on the armor of God each morning, as stated in the Bible. Does that make sense? Please, never feel that I will be offended by asking such questions. We love you! xoxo

  2. I got my first job at 14. I washed glasses in a pub. It wasn’t alot of money but plenty for a 14 year old. I loved it, got me out the house for a bit and kept me off the streets. Then i joined the British Army at 16

  3. My first job was working at a place called frulati cafe in our local mall at the age of 14. We sold smoothies and food. It was alot of fun. I had to contribute my own gas money when i reached legal driving age. If i didnt have gas money i didnt drive so i learned young that it took hard work to live. I think its important to prepare for when you get older

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