Go to the store with a budget and calculator and have your kids help add things up as they are placed in the cart. This teaches kids that families have budgets and also helps with math skills. If the total starts to go over your budget, reassess and put some things back.
All kids need developmental relationships to grow up healthy, caring, responsible, and productive. So, what’s the problem?
Promote peace in your household by reminding your child that it starts with each one of us. Teach problem solving and getting along with others early in life.
If your kids ask you to buy something, tell them they need to wait 24 hours. This gets kids out of the habit of “I have to have this now so let’s buy it now.” It slows down their purchases and gives them time to think.
Show your kids how much you love and care for them by spending time together, asking their opinions, and setting boundaries.
Be intentional and consistent about money. For example, start a weekly allowance that provides the same amount of money each time. Be clear about what you will and will not pay for—otherwise kids will think they can ask you to pay for everything.
The next time one of your kids lashes out at you, don’t lash back. Say that the matter can be discussed later, when everyone has calmed.
Showing your kids that you care about helping others sets a powerful example. Decide on a percentage of your income that you will give each month and, with your child, pick which nonprofit organizations, schools, or charitable causes you will give to.
Accept that you cannot always solve your kids’ problems, but let them know that you intend to stick by them through thick and thin.
Do your best as a parent, but don’t expect perfection. Your kids aren’t perfect either, but you can focus on the good in them.