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October 19, 2014

Kids are naturally curious, and this natural inclination can often lead them down the wrong path. For most children, they either want to test boundaries, don't fully understand societal rules or just wanted something and didn't think it was harming anybody.

Opportunities will always be somewhere down the path for your children but if caught early and treated with love and the right information, it can easily be corrected. An important role of the parent and caretaker is to do our best to cover these bases as early as possible, allowing opportunities to communicate the things that happen beyond the one act that we think is harmful. If we solidify enough of these values with them when they're young, they will know how to handle themselves as adults.

KidCash is an excellent way of "setting them up for failure". The more times you can create these situations in a controlled safe setting, the better foundation you can build for your young one.

One trespass in particular is stealing, a very natural thing to do for a person who hasn't had much time to develop self control.

The way I like to handle it with KidCash is I leave the money out where it's accessible to the children. If there are multiple children using KidCash, I leave all of their money where they all have access, and keep a mental count of who has what.

I look forward to the point in time where a child will attempt to steal, because it creates and opportunity for open discussion. I like to explain how through benefitting themselves, they are taking away from another person which is painful. That their actions affect things outside of the view of their own eyes and ask them how they would feel if somebody took away their favorite item. I like to add deeper nuggets such as my beliefs that a person who focuses inwards obsessing about what they don't have will always want more, and that we should always be looking to give rather than take. Don't underestimate children, they understand a lot and take a lot of what you say to heart, so make it good.

When it comes to stealing, my goal is to feel safe that I can have valuables laying anywhere, and that my child will choose not to take it because they don't feel the desire to. In general I don't want to fight with my children, I want to broaden their understanding of the world around them so that they may live in harmony with it.

This is just one example of how to use KidCash to achieve a behavioral goal through understanding rather than rote discipline. I know you parents will dream up a million other ways...and if you do...please share.

Happy Parenting.

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