Oddly, we’ve had several discussions about money over Spring Break this year. The boys and I stayed up late one night calculating the amount of money they’ll need to save to pay for their part of a car when they turn 16, if they decide they want one. We broke that down into an annual, monthly and hourly rate.
They were astonished.
It turned out that they really needed to get to work, and soon. As a result, they asked how they could earn money around the house. I asked them to make a list of jobs and what they thought those jobs were worth. It was quite a humorous exercise, but in the end, we came up with a list of jobs that would actually help the family beyond their usual responsibilities. Things like: washing windows, sweeping the garage, washing the car, removing and cleaning the wasp nests etc. . .