1 - Teach Your Teen to Earn

Money Doesn't Grow on Parents

Teenagers in our culture are constantly receiving wrong messages about money. How can parents teach their children about earning, giving, saving, managing and budgeting their resources? In this course, Chuck Bentley explains five invaluable lessons from the Bible about biblical finance and stewardship.

Even in the church, the struggle to wisely handle wealth frustrates many teens...as well as adults. Watch this real life story of a church kid who is irritated that his physician father doesn't give him more.

Ben's lack of understanding or appreciation of the value of money probably sounds familiar. Part of the answer for this kind of attitude is in teaching kids good stewardship from an early age. 

In this first video, Chuck shares his strategies for imparting skills for earning. It is important to teach teenagers early on that work produces a result and good, hard work typically yields a higher wage. This invaluable lesson teaches the value of a dollar and the more important lesson about the value of a job well done. 

Proverbs 10:3-4 (NASB)

3The LORD will not allow the righteous to hunger,

But He will reject the craving of the wicked.

4Poor is he who works with a negligent hand,

But the hand of the diligent makes rich.

New American Standard Bible, Copyright 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

What lessons about earning do you want your kids to take with them when they leave home?
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What chores around your house can become good listings on a family job board? How do you think your kids will react to this opportunity?
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Chuck mentioned paying an hourly wage and a per job rate. What is the value in having your kids experience both of these? What are some other earning methods that you might teach them?
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How would your kids react if they found one of their friends earning money for a household chore they turned down? What good lesson will this teach them?
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Behind all of these good lessons about work and earning rests the most important lesson about our work. We do not work for man, but direct our labor to the glory of God.