Why I paid my daughter to read books

Why did I pay my daughter to read books?

Paige is the oldest of my four daughters, she is sixteen and a Junior in High School.  We are beginning to have big talks around our household. Talks about what university she wants to attend and what type of a career path interests her. The kind of talks that make me miss her before she’s gone.

I wrote an earlier blog post on the small business we created for her over the summer, you can check it out through the link.

I also paid her over the summer to read books. Not the schools book list, or books she wanted to read, but books I wanted her to read. Books about business, personal development, books to begin shaping her philosophy about her future. I will add the book list, with links to these books at the end of this post if your interested.

As I have created businesses from home these past 15 years, I have found books and continued education to be one of my greatest assets. I believe in giving my children great formal educations but more importantly I want them to develop a love of learning and how to use resources to learn anything they ever need in life. I want them to think for themselves and search for their own answers. Continued learning and personal development are the keys to all of life’s success and paying my teenager to read, both motivated her to take my class but also drove home my point.

Her girlfriends were all sweating it out in the Florida sun for minimum wage, and she had started her own business and was now reading books for money. I chose books she would not have been exposed to through school. The culmination of reading them has shifted her view from what type of job should she get after college, to what type of business will she run. It has helped her shift from who will I work for, to what will I build.

Training our children to become entrepreneurs is not taught in school, nor is teaching them how to become lifelong learners. How to learn about anything, at anytime, to help themselves, their communities, their careers, their health, their spirits, their families and their dreams. My hope is this summer of experiments with Paige are seeds for her future successes.

‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss

Paige Summer Book List

Twelve Pillars by Jim Rohn

The Slight Edge   by Jeff Olson

The Four Agreements  by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Flip Flop CEO by Janine Finney, Lory Moorhead and Whitney Roberts

The Magic of Thinking Big  by David J. Schwartz, Ph.D.


  1. What a great read! It’s great to see how supportive you are of your daughters aspirations and effective support too. My eldest has recently started a business and we got her to read a few books but this would definitely encourage her to read!

    You’re absolutely right entrepreneurship is not taught in schools and this method is well on the way to overcoming that. Great post Krista!

  2. Wow- What a fantastic approach to educating one’s children. Some books on your list I am not familiar with and will add to my list. When we expose our children to another way of thinking and learning, we give them the greatest gift that money cannot buy- our wisdom & guidance so they can decided for themselves.

  3. I love the idea of setting your daughter up for success, by giving her the tools to learn about entrepreneurship and personal development!
    And – I’ve now added 2 more books to my wish list 😉
    Great article!

  4. Interesting concept. At first, I thought I disagreed. I thought she should read from her own inner motivation so she wouldn’t expect it in the future. But, the more I thought about it, the more I saw this as a paid internship for her. Good for you for such a great idea!

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