Oct 142014

Sometime ago, I realized that grandchildren in the average American family can be overly indulged, and I wanted to do something about that with my own.

Red Duffle

My Red Duffle Bag

I found myself buying things that I knew the kids would like and want, and giving those things to the kids whenever I saw them. Not a bad thing, but it was just so one-sided, that a new concept of working-for-what-you-want began at my house.

I have a red zipper duffle bag that holds different things the kids like, from clothing items (at times) to jewelry, books, small toys, etc. When they see something in there that they want (and I knew they would!), they do a chore for me to earn it. Everything is reasonable and not out of their reach, as far as being able to earn something with a little bit of effort.

Interestingly enough, when they children earn the item by working for it, then it is valued way more than if I had handed it to them. I still get the joy of buying things for them, too. 😀 -Nealie



  9 Responses to “The Value of Working”

  1. I love that idea!

  2. Stealing this idea!

  3. I’m for that plan!!! ,,,,,????Gram

  4. Great way to instill self worth as well!

  5. What a great idea! Bet you have a bunch more up your sleeve that would be worth sharing.

  6. I can’t wait to become a grandma! I’m going to use your fabulous ideas!,,,

  7. I was clueless and would call you many times as what to do in situations raising my daughter. You were my “Dear ABBY” with great ideas and advice. THANKS SOOOO MUCH!

  8. Love this!

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