Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Value of Apple Juice

"Mommy, I want this. Mommy, I want that," was all that I used to hear; especially when the BB Boys were watching TV. I could hardly stand it! I am a firm believer in spending my money on memories rather than on things. I want my kids to have experiences and learn new skills rather than have every new toy out on the market. I also want to teach my kids that money has a value. It isn't just a plastic card or a piece of paper; it is hard work and time spent.

When First Born was four, I began to teach him that he shouldn't expect to be given things unless it was  for his birthday or Christmas. When we would pass the toy section of a store,  he would point at something and ask, "Momma, can I have that?"
"Do you have the money to buy it?"
"No, momma," he would answer.
 "Honey, I am sorry, but no. Put it on your wish list or you can save your money."
"Okay," he would respond sullenly.
Eventually, the BB Boys learned not to ask for anything.  Now, they say, "Hey, we really want that. How much is it, mom?"
"10 dollars," I answer, changing the value as necessary.
 "Okay, we have $5 already, we need $5 more. What can we do to earn that money?"

Sometimes they earn money by selling their old toys, but other times they come up with creative ideas.

I came downstairs after taking a shower this morning and found the BB Boys conjuring up a plan.

"How about we set up an apple juice stand?"

"Great idea!"

They took my apple napkins and set them across a small red table. Then, First Born made a sign and taped it into place. They stood beside the table and waved at cars as they passed by.  Soon they made their first dollar.



It fueled their little entrepreneurial hearts and taught them a valuable lesson. Maybe I am doing something right.

Now, if only I could get Middle Child to wear matching clothes!!

14 comments:

  1. What a valuable lesson to teach. I bet that they had fun too!

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    1. They had a blast! They sold all of the juice in less than 40 minutes and wanted me to make iced tea right away since that is what their customers seemed to want. LOL I told them they have to wait until tomorrow. They also volun-told me to make cookies that they can sell for a dollar. Wee One got into the cups and they said, "no, no those are for our 'business'" It is way too cute!

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  2. you are such a better mother than me. good job!

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    1. No way! Lol This was totally their idea! Thank you Bev. :o)

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  4. Excellent idea! We follow the same principle in our house; no presents except for birthdays and Christmas. They buy the extras with their own pocket money!
    Thanks for linking to the Mommy Brain mixer!

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  5. For what it's worth, I think you are!

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  6. I love his choice of clothes :) A really good lesson to teach your children. We like to teach about money very early so our kids can learn the value of it too. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

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  7. What a great idea, you must be one proud mama. :) I guess I am lucky that my daughter still accepts it when I say, "Sorry, that toy lives here in the store, we wouldn't want to take it away from it's toy family," LOL.

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    1. That is really cute, Camille! I love that! I wish something like that would work these days, but sadly, it doesn't anymore. ;o/ Lol I might have to try it with the Wee One though!

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  8. so fantastic! we don't buy our boys much stuff either, except on special occasions. however, if i felt like buying them something for "no reason" one day, i might just do it too, just too shock them;)

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    1. Sarge does that too sometimes…not too often since I don't like it, but sometimes. ;o) As long as my kids understand that money doesn't magically come from a machine or a card, I don't mind an every once in a while surprise. I prefer taking them to the beach for the weekend and surprising them with some sand toys, or going to the county fair and purchasing ride tickets though. Toys come and go, but the memories and photos last for all of us. ;o)

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    2. Thank you for stopping by Band of Brothers! I'm happy to have you! :o)

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