He's six. And like most six year old boys, he is OBSESSED with legos.
I would venture to guess that we thousands of lego pieces.
|Every morning BEFORE breakfast, he builds a new ship. This is todays.|
|Taken this morning. Lego creations, lego shirt, lego computer games! Word of the day is, LEGO. AHHHHH!|
His last birthday was all lego and at Christmas a friend of my husbands from work gave us a gigantic bag FULL of the little plastic pieces. A big black garbage bag-not a grocery store bag. I digress. Back to Target.
Typically, son will say, "mommy! I really want lego set xyz!" and I say, "well, maybe you can ask for it for your birthday?" He agrees and we make our way to the food section.
This time however, tears started flowing. When he said he really wanted this set, he REALLY wanted it.
I was shocked. He was throwing a fit because his birthday was months away, and to him, earning money was something that only happened when he lost a tooth.
The lego set was seven dollars. It may has well been a million. My husband and I knew it was time to start teaching him about saving money... earning it, tithing, tax, etc.
We don't give allowance. Not sure we ever will. I feel like a weekly allowance for kids (especially at this point) makes no sense. They hardly have any chores right now, and when they do, we feel that they are a responsibility of keeping up a home. (thoughts?)
I do however, see giving money when the kids help with special projects. Above and beyond. So, we had our son help with some projects around the house. He couldn't leave and play and come back when my husband needed him. He had to work the whole time and follow through. Then he'd earn $2 per job.
The first project was painting a basement wall. The second was handing my husband nuts and bolts and tools while he reinforced the pergola. The third and perhaps most challenging was staining the deck on a 90 degree day. It was so fun to watch my son get to work. He had a great attitude and loved helping daddy (knowing he was earning money helped too, I'm sure!).
|Handing his dad tools|
|Staining the deck!|
|It was dang hot...|
|He did it! Building his new Bionicle...|
If you have kids, how are you teaching them about money? How did you grow up learning about fiscal responsibility? Thoughts on allowance?