How To Keep Their Trust

how to build trust with kids - Teach kids money, focus, discipline and more with Kid Cash

Try to be kind

KidCash should never be used to make children feel powerless and small. Try to communicate the rules and violations in a way that is supporting, even if you have to be stern.

Try to be steady

Avoid being random. For example, don’t take away dollars or toys they've earned out of anger. They've spent a lot of time building up this cash, and their trust is very delicate. If you randomly take it away out of anger, they will not trust the system you are telling them to participate in.

Try to be rational

Avoid decisions that may be made when you are emotional or reacting. Your motivation for tickets should always communicated with long term goals in mind and not short term gain of control.  Remember, children are children, they will sometimes rebel, not listen, seem to be not bothered by tickets or whatever else you throw at them. It’s a natural part of growing up and learning how to communicate your boundaries. Consistency will translate your good intentions over time and will increase the trust your kids have in you and the structure you have built for them. 

Try to put yourself in their shoes

In any questionable situation, ask yourself how you would feel if somebody did it to you as an adult. What if your boss took back three months of pay for not doing what he told you to. What if he went to your house and just took your car and told you, well maybe now you'll learn to listen to him. It's easier to remember how they feel if you reframe it in terms of adults.

You want your children to follow the rules because they understand you want what’s best for them. You want to let them explore breaking the rules but understand that some actions have consequences. You want them to understand what’s expected so they can flourish. You want them to trust you and the system you are governing for your best chance of success.

This is a learning opportunity for parents as much as children and it’s meaningful to know that it’s okay if we don’t always do the right thing. The important thing is that we spend a little time to focus on our high level goals, identify the things that will help us succeed and try to do our best. We hope this helps steer you in a bright direction.

Happy Parenting!

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