Money Smart Tip #1 -How to Stop the “Mom, Can I Have?”

b01303 Money Smart Tip #1  How to Stop the Mom, Can I Have?Do you ever get overwhelmed with these?

  • Mom can I have …?
  • Mom I want to go to …?
  • Mom can we get …?

I know I did.

I found a couple of things that have really helped with this.

Give your Child an Allowance

For my 6 year old and 9 year old this is $10 a month.  No, this isn’t a ton of money, but what do they really need to buy for themselves anyway?  This covers the fake glue-on nails my 9 year old wants.  It covers the packs of gum and latest Bakugan toy my son wants.  It’s usually enough to buy a book at the book fair too.   It’s amazing how much more discerning they’ve become with their “wants” when it has to come out of their money instead of mine.

Create a Help Wanted Sign

We have a small whiteboard that says Help Wanted across the top and lists additional activities we’d like done around the house and how much we’re willing to pay for it.  For example, right now we have:

  • Clean Dog Poop $5 per yard
  • Pair Socks $2 per basket
  • Clean Toilets $1 each

I have to admit this isn’t my idea.  I read about it on someones blog about 8 months ago and can’t remember where I read it.  While we had a extra chores that the kids could do if they ever wanted to earn money, we hadn’t put them on a Help Wanted sign until I read that article.

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My 6 year old son was thrilled to learn that he could earn money by collecting aluminum cans.  In fact, we just got back from his third time recycling where he received $21.44!  The current rate (where we go) is $0.72 per pound of aluminum cans.  I bring the cans from work home from him and he put fliers up on our neighbors’ houses letting them know he’ll collect cans on Mondays after school.  It’s a fun way t0 get to know your neighbors also!

For older kids, there is babysitting, leaf raking, lawn mowing, and plenty more if they (and you) just get a little creative.

How do you handle kids’ wants in your house?

5 Responses to Money Smart Tip #1 -How to Stop the “Mom, Can I Have?”

  1. Ava Parnass says:

    The suggestions are great and work well:) As a child psychotherapsit I know its also important to get underneath the begging to the feeling.Kids say gimme gimme but beg more when often something they are not aware of is bothering them.Its our job as parents to suggest choices of what feelings may be on their mind contributing to all the begging:)
    I wrote this song ,Gotta Find Out,sing to learn feelings.
    you can hear it on youtube
    http://www.youtube.com/user/mushmuzak?feature=mhum
    You can read more about what your child’s behavior means on my blog.
    http://web.me.com/mushmuzak/ListenToMePlease.com_blog/ListenToMePlease/ListenToMePlease.html
    Some of the lyrics
    GOTTA FIND OUT: ©2010 by Ava Parnass, Alex Forbes ,Terry Silverlight
    When something’s missing but I don’t know what
    I’m gettin’ in trouble with my grown-up
    Every store I pass
    I say “please, please, please
    I want more, more, more
    Of everything I see”
    Start cryin’ or screamin’ or jumpin’ around
    All hyped up and I can’t calm down
    I feel all alone
    So I run to my room
    My friend Mushy’s gonna know what to do
    Let me explain it to you
    Mushy says…
    My feelings are playin’ hide and seek
    They’re hiding
    Buried way down deep
    Gotta find out, gotta find out, gotta talk about what went wrong
    Is there someone I’m mad at?
    Someone I miss?
    Do I need a hug?
    Do I need a kiss?
    Gotta find out, gotta find ou
    Gotta talk it out, talk it out, talk it out til I feel strong

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