Tiff recently asked Joe to take all the money she saved to the bank and get all one-dollar-bills with it. He gladly did this for her and I was so grateful to him. Town is a good hour drive round trip and for him to take time out of his busy day to do this for his daughter warmed my heart. Here is Tiff feeling the true abundance of her money.
We recently helped Tiff start her own pet-sitting business called, "Tiff's Pet Sitting." We put an ad in the paper for her and helped her market her new business. We received several inquiries! The best fit for her was a family who had two little dogs who needed in home care. We met with them and it was such a great match! Tiff will be getting paid $125 for a week of watching them, in our home, with my assistance and support.
Helping our children earn money in creative ways is something that we have learned to do as we have gone down this amazing path of a Radical Unschooling life. Devin has his own Etsy shop where he makes and sells wooden swords and Steampunk items. His shop is called, Freepunkd.
Raising free-thinking entrepreneurs is such an incredible benefit to Unschooling. Our children do not hear that they can have their own businesses "someday." They have them NOW. They have such a head-start in comparison to children in school when it comes to living in the real world, pursuing their passions and making money from them. Our family has many businesses at this point in our life with multiple streams of income. Our children have learned so much about marketing and business through living a connected life rich with resources to nurture their interests. I want my children to know that they can always have whatever they want in life, but sometimes they need to get creative to manifest what they want. This includes the desire to help others in various ways. We recently wanted to buy my parents a Vitamix blender and we pulled together as a family to figure out how we could make money to do that for them.
When a child lives in abundance and love, their cup is overflowing with love to give to others. This is the opposite mindset of what our culture preaches - that abundance will "spoil" a child. In our experience, helping our children get what they want in life shows them that there is enough to go around and helping others get what they need in life is just part of life! Helping friends, neighbors, our community and the Earth is so important to our kids. Whenever we travel, one of Devin's favorite things to do is pick up trash in that particular area. We bring trash bags with us for just that purpose. Tiff has such a big heart for animals wherever we go. She looks forward to helping animals in need in her future. My children know that being "at service," is an important part of life. We model this for our children.
When we help our children, they in turn help others. I truly believe in seeing our children as whole, perfect people in all of their desires. I assume positive intent from my children and they feel this. I am never the wall between them and what they want in life. They know that we will always help them obtain their desires, and they in turn help me in so many ways!
Love and abundance begets love and abundance.
~Peace & Love, Dayna