Help Your Child Earn and Learn This Summer

Emily Roberts MA, LPC

Summer can be a great time to teach kids about the value of a dollar. Math and money skills, creativity, and even marketing can be taught with these kid-friendly summer jobs. Self-esteem and confidence comes from feeling independent and learning the importance of earning and saving can never be taught too early. Each week we will share our #StressLessSummer tips and share other top experts including Dr.Lynne Kenny and Wendy Young, authors of Bloom to make this the happiest and healthiest summer yet!lemonade-stand

Neighborhood Needs

Even at a young age (with some adult supervision) helping out a neighbor who has their hands full or is going on vacation can be a money maker for kids. From watering their plants, mowing lawns, dog walking, pet sitting, or even babysitting, kids can cash in. Help them make posters, depending on their interests and ideas, after they create it, you can help through email or phone calls. Have them do the initial “marketing” and ideas so that they are invested.

Rethink Lemonade

The idea of a simple lemonade stand can be a math and marketing lesson. Kids can research; what’s the best time of day for getting the most customers? Where is best location? What will be refreshing? How much will we need to spend on supplies? Get creative, how can they make their stand unique, instead of classic Kool-Aid, maybe slices of watermelon or Popsicle. The summer options are endless.

Household Help

Not all chores are part of a child’s allowance or family duties. Sometimes the extra work can pay off, literally. Running an errand on their bike, washing the car, ironing shirts, or taking care sibling, can teach responsibility and build self-esteem.

Clear the Closets for Cash

If the idea of a garage sale is maddening, you are not alone, which is why there are so many resale and consignment stores and e-stores for kids these days. Help them go through their old toys and clothes, picking out things they don’t play with or fit into. Kids (and adults) can earn money on the spot.

National Resale Chains for Babies and Kids:

Once upon a Child

Kid to Kid

Children’s Orchard

Pumpkin Patch

For Tweens and Teens:

Plato’s Closet

Buffalo Exchange

Here are some valuable ideas from experts around the world to help you bring the summer fun to your home.

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Sue Atkins @sueatkins

Nurture yourself this summer and always LINK

Wendy Young @kidlutions

Smile more stress less LINK

Naomi Richards @thekidscoach

It’s not to late to plan fun activities, rain or shine.  LINK

Vivian Sabel @viviensabel

Fun = Simplicity LINK

Happy Family Superfoods @HAPPYsuperfoods

Summer Fun Printable ~ 50 activities LINK

Lynne Kenney

Your daily health organizer Free Printable LINK

E A Stewart @thespicyrd

Nutritious recipes for family health LINK

Emily Roberts and Neurogistics @EmilyRobertsLPC @neurogistics

Hydrate for Happiness LINK

Eight simple ways to feel stressfree this summer LINK

 

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

 

 

 

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