Earlier this summer, Mya said she wanted to earn “her own money.” We began to brainstorm things she loved and ways she could contribute. She likes to sing, so she proposed standing on the street singing with a hat for people to put money in. I suggested extra chores around the house. Eventually we decided on a cookie sale. This past week she went to work baking cookies; designing advertising flyers and finally setting up her little stand in our driveway. She even recruited her big brother to help make change. He was willing to help (although not thrilled about having his photo taken).
It was a success and she now has her own little stash of spending money. She learned a ton along the way, most of all that earning a buck takes a lot of hard work.