The Value of Working

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




  1. sherree rummer says:

    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!

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