The Christmas week vacation is too short for kids to have a regular job, but not too short for a lot of this kids to make some serious money, and to really understand that “Money does not grow on trees”.
I believe chores are one of the best ways of helping kids develop their “Money Muscle” by allowing them to actively participate in generating some sort of income, as well making spending decisions on that money. The current snowstorms in the North East present an enticing opportunity for youngsters that want to earn some serious money.
All they need are a couple of snow shovels, the courage to walk up to a neighbours door with a smile, and the simple explanation that they are looking to make some money. Most people I know will respond positively to this type of request, and many times, they’d be happy to refer the kids to others looking to get their driveways cleaned up.
The enterprising kids might consider making some sort of fliers or calling cards, that they can easily drop off with the neighbours, or post at the local coffee places.
Have the kids start in their own backyard, and price it per the space, not by the hours they put in. With this experience, and the tangible results, it will be easy to extend it to the rest of the neighbourhood, creating a positive image for themselves, and some serious cash flow.
A lot of the chores I’ve discussed here are best worked at home, mainly because of the age of my kids, but snow shoveling is a chore that allows the kids to start interacting with other members of the society in a professional way, which is a great opportunity for them to start practising skills acquired at home in a safe environment.
As as you get ready to celebrate the new year, please encourage your kids to earn some extra money by shoveling if you live in a snow bound area.
Question: What do you think is the right age for kids to start looking to do this type of paid chores outside of the home?
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