Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Evelyn and Jessie :)

In our family there are a lot of core values that we hold very dear. Among them are personal and financial responsibility, hard work, and setting attainable goals for ourselves. And in the Robert family, we start 'em young. :)

Don't mind Evie's outfit in this post. :) She picked it out herself, haha.

A couple of months ago Evelyn mentioned that she would really, really like to have a Jessie doll from Toy Story to go along with her best pal Woody. It began as a casual request, but soon Evelyn was talking about it every single day. "I wish I could have a Jessie doll..." was all I heard from my precious first born. Finally one day a light bulb went off in my head.

Knowing how far away Christmas still was and how much Evelyn really wanted that doll, Eric and I decided to turn her desire into a teachable moment. If she wanted the doll sooner than later, then it could be hers - IF she earned it. Evie was told that for every day she had good behavior and was helpful to me around the house, she could earn a "Jessie Dollar" to put into her piggy bank. If she held a perfect record and earned a dollar every day, then she would be able to go to the store and buy her own doll in about 40 days.

And wouldn't you know, our little experiment worked - even with a three year old. Because she was highly motivated, Evelyn totally owned it. She worked very hard to behave, and if reminded that she wouldn't earn her Jessie Dollar for the day if she didn't change her behavior, most of the time she would stop and consider the consequence and decide to be good. She cleaned up her toys, helped me unload the dishwasher and all sorts of other small tasks to earn those Jessie Dollars. There were definitely days that she did not earn her reward, so in the end, it took her just about two months to save all $40.00.

As part of our family day the Thursday before Reagan came into the world, Evelyn was treated to a special trip to the store to make her very first purchase with her very own earned money. We were so proud of her!

Our first stop was to the bank, where Evelyn cashed in the coins from her piggy bank. We made sure to let her do the honors when putting the money into the counting machine, and then Evie took the slip of paper to the teller to get her own cash. :)

After months of hard work Evelyn proudly walked through the store to find her prized doll!

When we got to the cash register, Evelyn counted her money (with daddy's help) and paid for her purchase all by herself. I think all of the smiles in these pictures tells you how she felt about it. :)

One of the best things about this day was how a three year old little girl put smiles on the faces of strangers. From the bank to the store, Evelyn shared her story with everyone who helped us that day! Yes, even three year olds can set examples. I know I was beaming through the whole thing and very happy that my daughter got to experience the thrill of reaching a goal she worked so hard for.

The first thing she said after buying her Jessie doll? "So when can I get a Rex doll?" Haha. She's now working for "Rex Dollars" the little stinker. I just love that. Could we go to the store and buy her that Rex doll any day? Yep. But we won't. Because these are the types of lessons we hope our children will cultivate and carry with them for the rest of their lives. Hard work pays off! Don't wait around for someone to give you something when you have the ability to earn it yourself. And doesn't it feel good to earn it yourself?

Evie thinks so!


Kim Luke said...

LOVE this post!
Great job Evie!!!!!!!

Ashley N. said...

Aww!!! Go, Evie!

Heather said...

Awww, that is just about the cutest thing I've ever seen!

Christine Pettijohn said...

Awe love this post. You just gave this mama an idea for Wyatt and his want for a transformer. :)

sblind2 said...

this is SO cute and brillant!!

Adrien said...

I've passed your messages along. :) Thanks for making Evie smile today!

Katie said...

How awesome for Evie and what a great lesson to learn...especially at such a young age :)

Ashley Mitchell said...

Love this!!! Love. Love. Love.

Anonymous said...

Love the idea! Thanks for sharing her experience Adrien! Good job Evie!!!! Denny and I are so proud of you for working hard at getting a toy you wanted.
Aunt April

Cassie said...

i LOVE this!! good for you guys and seriously way to go Evie! so proud! yay!
and the smiles. they need NO words. love them!

Denny said...

Friggin adorable.


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