Growing Money Trees

Have you ever had someone say to you “Money doesn’t grow on trees?”

I know my parents used to say that to me when I wanted the latest new outfit or needed money to go to the city pool.

You know, how we personally feel about money is transferred, through our consciousness, directly to our children. Yikes!

Of course we have budgets to keep in mind and certainly keeping the kids spending habits in check is important. But, how about a new and more positive twist on the old money stories?

Instead of telling them, in essence, that you ‘can’t afford it’, help them to develop their creativity with a different word pattern.

Try statements like these.

“How could we find the money to get that new outfit?”

“What can you do to earn what you need to go to the the movies this weekend?”

Helping put a personal value on what your children want is a win-win for both of you. It inspires creativity, teaches them some personal accountability and shows them how to build their own ‘Money Tree’ from the ground – up.

_______________________________________________________Dina Dove____________

As an author, inspirational speaker, and coach, I am dedicated to helping people remember who they really are at their deepest core and discover their unique path to career and personal fulfillment.

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10 Responses to “Growing Money Trees”

  1. loacoach2 Says:

    My parents said that too. However, in addition, somewhere I also learned about making the money for whatever I wanted. I think all of my siblings did, too. It was probably from all the Great Aunts and Uncles who owned businesses.

    Whatever I ever wanted to do, I always figured out a way to make the money to do it.

    Great post and a great reminder to parents to help teach their children (and maybe themselves) a way to look at things differently and more positively to create the life they want.

    Kathy Hadley

    • dinadove Says:

      Kathy, thanks for commenting today. Yes, as kids, we were also very motived to earn money. We knew that was the only way we were going to get the frivolities. Mom and dad did a great job of keeping us all fed and healthy, but they didn’t have the means for extras. I think it was a huge benefit to us.

  2. Deb Dutilh Says:

    This is a great post and reminder that there are other ways of talking about money to our kids. Shaking off that ingrained relationship to money is still challenging. I grew up with, “We’re not buying, we’re just looking.”

    • dinadove Says:

      Deb, thanks for commenting today. It seems like we all grew up with ‘money thoughts’ that were ingrained in our little heads. You know, they stay with us until we consciously look at them and shift our beliefs and ways of opperating around money. It’s a challenging subject. If you keep an eye on my blog and posts, I’ll present some more insight in the weeks to come. (For years I developed financial eductions programs that hit on these very ideas.)

  3. Leona M La Perriere Says:

    This kind of thinking helps our children develop effective desision-making skills, problem solving skills, goal setting skills, and increases their self-worth! They become a part of the solution, not merely dealing with a “problem.”

  4. jennsraq Says:

    I love this! My kids are old enough now that we are giving them chores to earn money. Now, when they want something, we talk about how many weeks it might take to earn the money – or what additional responsibilities they could take on to earn money quicker. 🙂

    • dinadove Says:

      Jen, That is awesome. Earning money and deciding how to spend it is actually empowering for the kids and teaches them the value of the dollar at the same time. YAY!

  5. Gwynne Montgomery Says:

    I’ve always encouraged my son, if he wanted something, to work for it. And now, at 15, he’s looking for a job, because he knows the value of working for things!

    • dinadove Says:

      Gwynne, It is the kids who learn to earn their own money early in life who becomes self sufficient. And they develop self confidence. Thank you for telling me about him.

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