I love it when children become entrepreneurial. I suppose it’s because, if managed correctly, you can witness the embodiment of the Proverb, “A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul…”* If you’ve read My Pleasant Places for very long, you know that I am all about making and reaching goals. So I am delighted when I see a child strive towards a goal—even if the goal is to earn the money to buy a special toy. Parents can capitalize on those ambitious opportunities to teach the value of money, the principle of “little by little,”** a strong work ethic, and and perseverance.
In fact, if you’re a parent and you want to instill in your child persistence and consistency, then I suggest you make a chart similar to Don’t Break the Chain and help them track their progress towards a goal by celebrating each day’s achievement (X marks the spot!). A simple chart that helps a little one “see” their progress can be a powerful tool. And if you’ve participated in the 30-day challenges on My Pleasant Places, then you know that doing anything for 30 days in a row is a very effective way for building some strong character traits (aka “habits”) in your children.
But I digress. This is Fun Friday, and I’m getting way too serious.
My 10-year-old granddaughter, Phoebe, emailed me this week. This is the very first email I’ve gotten from her, indicating she has now come of age and entered the cybersphere. She wrote:
Hi! It’s Phoebe. I was wondering if you need any help. Because I’m saving money to get a kindle fire. Jobs I can do: clean, organize, or other ideas. Please go on gmail to contact me.
I immediately responded that, yes, I did have some work she could do. She fired back:
I can come out on the weekends. I have one question. How much money will I make?
I doubt Phoebe will ever have a problem asking for a raise.
*Proverbs 13:19 NIV
**Proverbs 13:11 NIV