Here is a little recap to get you up to speed. My adorable smart and very disorganized 9-year-old found out that we can’t afford to send her to a special camp this summer. With five months ahead of us she doesn’t have much time. We started with $500 so far and brought it down to $430, but at that point, we got stuck and stayed on that number for weeks.
How ridiculous is it that a week can make a huge difference in the situation. Seven days ago I thought that this whole idea is pointless because nothing we did worked. While the initial goal was to collect $20 a week, we had no progress for three weeks!
How can I encourage a 9-year old to continue doing what she was doing, taking her valuable time away from playing ROBLOX on the tablet, is the week after week we had no visible progress. That is not what our modern kids are used to!
However, since I couldn’t possibly tell my daughter to forget about this whole idea? I just kept insisting on her to continue creating new listings on Craigslist and keep updating them.
And guess what just as I was finishing writing my post last week, we had an inquiry and shortly after – SALE! $10 for an easel we forgot we had and discovered while looking for the things to sell! Next, someone wanted to buy a baby play yard – CHA-CHING! Two booster seats – GONE!
I have to say my daughter doesn’t get to keep all money – we decide on percentages ahead of time ( most of the time it is half and the half since we did pay the money for it in the first place and we are answering emails and making the actual transaction).
I have to tell ya these two purchases created a paradigm shift for her – they made her feel that she CAN make this happen! How do I know this? Because she woke me up on Sunday and asked if she could put her own $5 into the camp box as well.
I swear she is now starting to understand how to tackle the big number!
HERE IS THE PROGRESS: between the Craigslist sales and her help with my social media, she made $60!!!!!!!!! How awesome is that?
Our new balance is now $370
AND WE FEEL: OPTIMISTIC
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