The next thing we knew, she'd created more than a dozen yarn-and-bead necklaces and at least as many little bead rings, announcing that she was launching her own business: Abigail's Beads. And then she decided to set up shop in our front yard each afternoon when the nearby middle and high schools let out for the day.
And after about a week, she was ready to personally deliver the finished products, much to the delight of her customers.
In addition to the bead business, Abigail had sought other ways to make money at home. Most significantly, she'd asked to take over Jeff's long-standing job of cleaning our cats' litter boxes and had already earned a few dollars.
First, she asked to take on the task of unloading and loading the dishwasher each day, a request we readily agreed to - a nice perk for us and a benefit to her long-term goals.
Jeff and I are beyond thrilled with both girls' initiative. Of course, we know this is a significant step toward helping them learn the value of money. But, more importantly, we know from books like Thriving in the 21st Century by Barbara Frank that today's economic realities mean we empower our kids by encouraging them to work for themselves at something they love instead of relying on someone else to give them gainful employment.
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