Author: Amanda Steinberg

Why I Paid My Son to Learn

Last week, my son returned from visiting a school he may attend next fall and said, “Mom, they all know multiplication and I don’t.” I replied, “You can learn multiplication in a snap. Why don’t I teach you?” His response: “No, that’s okay, I just want to play Minecraft.” I’m not concerned with video games. As a young girl, I played many hours of Nintendo a day. Now as CEO of DailyWorth, I attribute much of my entrepreneurial prowess to skills I acquired maneuvering technology, facing death (“game over”) only to start again. But if there’s one thing I hate about modern video games, it’s that they sell “upgrades” within games. They charge actual money to advance. I find this grotesque and vehemently deny my son’s requests for purchased advancement. It’s a ridiculous thing to spend money on. I stand by that. But this night, when my son asked for a $30 upgrade pack, an idea hit. What if I was able to use this perfect storm (money! video games! multiplication!) to show my son how …