entrepreneurship, qualitative, teaching children, work, financial socialization
This qualitative study examines the question, “How do parents teach their children about work?” The sample included 90 emerging adult “children” (between 18 and 30 years old), 17 parents, and eight grandparents. It spanned two generations in eleven families, and three generations in five families. Altogether the sample totaled (N = 115). Analyses revealed three major methods for teaching children about work: (1) implementing household chores and allowances, (2) facilitating paid employment, and (3) encouraging entrepreneurial experiences. Through each of these methods, children were taught valuable financial principles. Entrepreneurial experiences specifically taught children to work hard for money, to manage earned money via budgeting and saving, and to be independent. Implications for parents, educators, therapists, and policy makers are discussed.
Original Publication Citation
Loderup, C.L., Timmons, J.E., Kimball, E.R. et al. How Do Parents Teach Their Children About Work? A Qualitative Exploration of Household Chores, Employment, and Entrepreneurial Experiences. Journal of Family and Economic Issues 42, 73–89 (2021).
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Loderup, Christoffer L.; Timmons, Joshua E.; Kimball, Elisabeth R.; Hill, E. Jeffrey; Marks, Loren D.; and LeBaron, Ashley B., "How Do Parents Teach Their Children About Work? A Qualitative Exploration of Household Chores, Employment, and Entrepreneurial Experiences" (2020). Faculty Publications. 4821.
Journal of Family and Economic Issues
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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