Mom, Dad, WHAT Do You Do All Day?

Mom talks about her work to her childrenThe gift is getting to know YOU.  Talk about your professional life to your children.  It lets kids appreciate parents better and prepares them for something that'll be central to their lives soooooon.  (Time flies) 

We made these conversation-triggering cards laughable and fun so that parents could offer them as a gift:  a present to know each other better, a recognition of maturity, a rite of passage... 

Are Kids Curious About Work?
"My kids never ask me about work.” Maybe they don’t know where to start. Children and savvy parents gave us 10 questions that are easy to ask and simple enough to answer. They’ll perk your kids’ curiosity and enthusiasm about work and soon your kids' questions will flow naturally. Our amusing conversation triggers get you past "GO."

Mom, Dad what do you do at work?Get Started
- Download the 10 Questions Kids Ask About Work.
- Print them onto photo paper or cardstock or laminate them.  (Cards are easier to manipulate it they're somewhat sturdy.)
- Cut out cards with one image per card.
- Play. Try one question at a time. In our family, we keep the cards handy and discuss them on the ski-lift, when stuck in a traffic jam, or over the family meal.)

3 Questions Games
Mix & Match:
Introduce younger kids to positive notions about work life. (Remember, they see your late hours, your distracted responses to their gleeful comments….!) Play match-the-question-with-the-picture (Download the Mix & Match Work Questions Game).

Pick a Question & I’ll Answer: The child chooses; the parent “obeys!”

Pick a Question, Guess, and then I’ll Answer: This works well with positive questions such as “What do you like best about your work?” or “How do you know if you’re doing a good job?” Let her enjoy seeing herself in a positive professional situation.

Kids ask Mom & Dad questions about work and moneyThe Sticky Question: How Much Do You Earn?
a.k.a. How much more can you spend on ME?! This question opens the opportunity to talk about budget—not salary—and the balance between earning and spending. Jolene Godfrey, in Raising Financially Fit Kids, gives practical tips for kids of all ages to understand budgeting. For 5-8 year olds, Godfrey suggests giving them a take-out menu and a dollar amount and letting the child order dinner for the entire family without going over the budget. She has tips for all age groups.

We reply we earn enough to pay for our home, food, clothes, electricity…and our giving and our savings. Money gets us talking values.

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