As we said earlier when we discussed shopping, tweens and money go together like peanut butter and jelly. Merchandise is heavily targeted at tweens, and tweens want the same things their friends have. You can't teach a tween to manage money unless that tween has the opportunity to earn money first.
Tweens aren't old enough to go out and get a regular job, but there are plenty of ways for them to make a little bit of cash here and there. Having a job teaches your child about responsibility and also gives her or him a sense of accomplishment. Here are some great ways for your child to earn money and keep busy at the same time:
- Cutting lawns or raking leaves
- Dog walker
- Cat sitter
- Birthday party assistant
- Washing cars
Help your tween make flyers or even business cards to advertise as a "tween for hire." Be creative!