Does your child find pleasure or joy in destroying things around him? He is not alone! Many children find it fun to break things, break books and scrape walls or destroy clothes! It is time to learn what the value of the things he puts his hand on and how to hold on to them!
Every child has his personality and learns things differently. But one of the most important teachings lies in the value it attaches to things. For this, the child must be educated so that he understands the value of money and the diligent and difficult way in which they are made today. Here are some things the child should know or have to learn at each age, to be able to appreciate more what he has.
By the age of 3, the child must know what patience and postponement of rewards are. The fact that we do not always receive what we want and must resent is one of the principles with which the child should become accustomed.
Involve him in various situations in which to test this "lesson" and manage to teach him to have patience and to understand that he cannot always get what he wants.
For 4 years it is time to start simple mathematical calculations. These will help you teach your child some things about money, because it is far too small to understand how finances work and how money is made.
Slowly, slowly, your child makes room among different groups of children and forms a small entourage. You are glad that he is sociable and nice to the other children, but expect to find a pressure that is difficult to master, that of asking for different things, just because the others have.
It is time to teach him that he does not have to crave for the things of another and that not everything that other children have is useful to him. You best emphasize these things when you are little and, although it requires 2-3 toys in the store, you can choose only one, depending on the needs you have. Teach him that there are priorities and limits. Explain that everything costs money, but money is not everywhere. Things and toys should be chosen according to their needs.
The concept of saving is again important and it must appear in the education of the child starting at the age of 6, when you can start giving him a weekly or monthly allowance. With this opportunity and with guidance from you, your little one can start to make his own financial plans and set priorities.
This measure must be followed by others. From now on, when the child asks for different things, turn his attention to the money he receives from you. Advise him to collect them to buy what he asks for and explain how much allowances he has to set aside.
You can also ask the problem of remuneration. If the money is not enough, you can advise him to "work", that is to offer some services in exchange for a sum of money. You can involve him in the usual tasks, cleaning, washing dishes, helping with gardening, giving him snow, etc.
With all these things learned, your little one might value his things more and see their value differently. When you see how much all his stuff costs and how much you have to save for it, he'll be more careful not to ruin it.
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