If a fool and his money are soon parted, don't be that fool. Inside you'll find 3 parenting tips for teaching your child to earn money by not spending yours.
3 Ways to Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is and Build Character Too:
If your child blackmails you with angry looks when you don't give her what she wants, don't be afraid of offending her. Don't dig deep in your pockets and hand her money for her poor behavior. Why?
Handing over money to avoid pouting is blackmail. It doesn't build character either. Be strong. Put your money where your mouth is by saying these 3 parenting tips:
1. "Let's discuss what extra chores you're willing to do for the money."
Chances are there's plenty of extra work to do at your house. Why not post a list of extra chores on the refrigerator your child could do?
2. "If you want money for chores, there are standards you need to achieve."
You might tell your child she'll earn one point for each of the following:
- No complaining
- Starting without being told
3. "You did a good job. I like how you – (give a specific compliment if your child did a good job.)"
If you're child only earned 2 points then give her half the money she asked for.
Parenting Tips Conclusion for Money, Blackmail, and Character:
Don't give her too much money for minor jobs. Make sure the jobs you give her are age-appropriate. Stop the blackmail, the pouting, the whining, and the angry looks. Be strong. Be consistent. When she knows you won't give in, you'll be building character. She'll stop blackmailing you too.
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