Godly Saving and Giving for Kids

My girls receive an allowance for the chores that they do around the house that are appropriate for their ages.  We have a dry erase board on the fridge with a weekly checklist.  for each chore completed, they get a check mark.  Each checkmark is worth 15 cents and they get paid for these chores every two weeks.  Their allowance usually totals $5.00-$10.00 at the end of the two weeks depending on how hard they worked.  Considering the girls are 8 and 4, this amount of money for chores makes them feel “rich”.  When the money is given, they each receive one dollar bills to split up in three ways however they choose.  They get pocket money, money for savings, and money to give to the Lord on Sunday mornings.  I believe it is so important to bestow this concept in our children early.  They must understand that our wealth comes from the Lord and He expects us to use it wisely, save it wisely, and express ours thanks by giving it back to His church.

This past Sunday night, Rylee came up with a brilliant idea that I want to share with you all.  Stewart and Laurie Bailey from Pettijohn Springs Christian Camp came to our congregation to make a report on the camp and explain new projects that needed funding.  This camp is very dear to our families heart.  As a child, I attended this camp, and as adults, Jake and I were counselors there for 7 years.  We go there for retreats, for mission work, and sometimes, for birthday parties.  Rylee started her first year of beginners camp last summer and like Jake and I, fell in love with the camp and all the things it had to offer.  The Bailey’s brought little change cans to be filled with change to go towards things needed for the camp.  This idea created a spark in Rylee’s heart and made her want to help.  She asked if she could get a can and fill it up with the money that she is supposed to give to God.  She explained how much she loved Pettijohn and that she wanted to help.  I was amazed with her attitude.  Within her a personal mission was being created and her giving became relavent.  Before, she would throw her change into a collection plate without really knowing what she was giving it to specifically.  With the Pettijohn change can, she can see where the money is going, and she can give to a cause that she believes in.

I encourage those of you with children and/or teens to take on this project.  It is an excellent way to build a giving nature in your children using something that is dear to them.  This will set a foundation of Godly giving in the future and make them responsible stewards of what has been given to them.  Below is the address, phone number, and email to Pettijohn Springs Christian Camp.  I urge you all to get involved in this project with your children and give to this amazing camp that has helped so many young people with their spiritual growth.  “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7

Pettijohn Springs Christian Camp

PO Box 440 Madill, Ok 73460

580-795-5015

manager@pettijohnsprings.com

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3 thoughts on “Godly Saving and Giving for Kids

  1. Kim says:

    I’m so glad to get a nuts-and-bolts explanation of your allowance system! I’ve been meaning to ask you about it, b/c I think we’ll start doing something similar with Claire this year. And what a proud mom moment for you with Rylee’s giving!

  2. hudsonfive says:

    It is a good system. I found it in a “raising kids” book written by Gwendolyn Webb. It is called “To Train a Child”. It even gives lists of age and gender appropriate chores as well as other types of point and reward systems. I have to add that this system works if you make it work. When I start to slack off and forget to give the checkmarks for chores completed, or if I forget to give them their extra reward (a scoop of ice cream for every 15 chores completed) they loose their focus and their willingness to help. It is hard for us moms to remember sometimes, so ask your little ones to help you remember. I have been really forgetful lately, so I am thinking about allowing the girls to make their own check marks after I have made sure the chore was done correctly, that way, I will not have to keep track as much and it gives them a sense of responsibility and honesty.

    • Shelly says:

      So good Ashley! I have wanted to do something similar and didn’t know how to begin. I love Pettijohn and too grew up going there from 3rd grade on and then 1 year as a counselor. I will see what we can do.

      My next agenda is finding a way for Owen to volunteer so he can get an appreciation for what he has. Any ideas?????

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