Parents everywhere are scrambling to figure out how to work from home while also educating their children. Luckily, the internet is full of genius parenting hacks right now, reminding us that we’re all in this together.
When one mom in Austin, Texas found herself struggling to balance it all, she came up with a way to encourage her 9-year-old to earn “money” to purchase his favorite things. In a now-viral Facebook post, Stephanie Craig shared a photo of the new family “store” she created, along with an explanation about how it works.
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“I’m working from home for the next 3 weeks,” she wrote. “I have ONE child. Y’all mommas with one child know how bored they can get.” So, while this mama is working from home, she opens up a shop for her son.
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“During my working hours, the store is open,” she added. “He can buy TV time, Xbox time and game time. Obviously next week, we’ll start a home curriculum in place of school and this will change up a little!”
The mom posted a list of ways her child can earn Monopoly money, including reading and cleaning the house. The currency can then be used to buy things like chips, cookies, and television time. After her post went viral, Stephanie dished on her experiment with CafeMom.
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“I’m so happy other moms like this idea,” said Stephanie. “I knew I’d be working from home and wanted him to have something fun, yet productive to do. This allows him to earn screen time and extra snacks instead of just sitting in front of a screen all day.”
We love that the system is also a math lesson. “He’s also learning to count out money and pay for the things he wants.” Keep the creativity coming, quarantined mamas, we can all use the brilliant ideas!
Katie Nave is a freelance writer, producer, and mama living in Brooklyn, New York. Driven by her passion for storytelling, she is always seeking opportunities to elevate people who are working to better the world around them.
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