Street Smart: Teaching a Child About the Ways of the World

My friend does this with her daughter.  It is such a brilliant idea that I just had to share it here (thanks E!). 

To encourage her daughter to learn how to tie her laces, E said she would give her daughter, R, 50sen for each lace that she managed to tie on her own.  R is motivated to earn the money because she wants to buy herself a Barbie doll.

Some people might criticise this tactic saying it teaches a child to become mercenary.  I disagree.   I think it teaches a child some very valuable lessons about life. 

Why I think this is such an excellent idea:

  • it achieves the aim of getting R to learn how to tie her laces
  • it teaches R delayed gratification – since she has to earn the money before she can buy her Barbie doll
  • it teaches R the value of money – she has to earn the money in order to buy her Barbie doll
  • it help R focus on what she wants – without focus, she won’t save enough money to buy her doll

I’m going to have to come up with a modified version for Gavin – something revolving around Thomas and Friends…

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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