if i fish for you, you eat for a day.
if i teach you to fish, you eat for a lifetime.
[teach your children to live independently!]
what is a responsibility station?
As parents, we are the ultimate teacher....we teach our children how to live independently. To help parents with such an enormous task, we created the responsibility station, which organizes three large life lessons into one sleek organized board: independent living (household chores and daily living activities), accountability/ownership of action, and financial responsibility (give, save, and spend the money you earn).
The station combines two philosophies behind household chores/responsibilities:
1) there are many tasks we do each day simply because we are a part of the family. We are not reimbursed or paid money for these tasks, we do them because we love our family and want to succeed.
2) inevitably, we all need to learn how to EARN and MANAGE money. So instead of "allowing" your child money, you will ask your son or daughter to earn it, account for it, then learn how to handle it.
We also believe that a chore is not necessarily just cleaning the house or pulling weeds from the yard. Think about all the things you needed to learn to do to live on your own and function independently: cleaning, sure....but also grocery shopping, cooking, gardening, taking care of your car, even something like checking the batteries in the smoke alarms! There are so many things we take for granted but we must teach our children (age-appropriately of course).
Finally, we believe that we all start projects with gusto and wind up eventually out of steam. So we keep you updated with monthly newsletters (full of tips, advice, motivation, sales, product releases, etc) as well as social media announcements.
Thank you for checking us out....it is only with support of fellow parents and word of mouth referrals that we will succeed. We are truly humbled.
we have an app! Check
out our new app for your iphone|ipad|itouch|iwhatever. We got the idea
one day when we were in a store in the temper tantrum aisle (aka: the
toy aisle). Henry saw a Superman figure that we loved. We told him to
hold it up and we would take his picture to remind him of what he will
buy with his Spend money (short-term savings). We left the store
temper-tantrum free. A few weeks later we were in Devil's aisle (the
checkout line at the store with all things gummy, disposable, and
unnecessary), when Henry HAD TO HAVE a new Pez dispenser with Thomas the
Tank Engine on top. I said, "That looks great, buddy, but remember
what you really loved?" and showed him the picture of Superman. He
said, "Oh, yeah!" and put the Pez back. I almost started crying in the
Devil's aisle of Bed, Bath, and Beyond. The Savings Setter App was born
and our whole family (even mom + dad) have input our savings goals.
Check it out. It's a great tool for teaching delayed gratification.
And let's face it: this app ain't just for kids.