I am literally sitting down for the first time since early yesterday morning with the exceptions of sleeping last night and church this morning. I am not at all complaining as it was a very productive weekend in the kitchen. Real food lunches for the kids (and me!) are made for the week! DD helped me all day yesterday and it was a wonderful way to spend the weekend. I am loving her age right now! At 8 I can reason with her and her help is actually helpful! And at 8, she still likes me. Seize the day!
Tonight I want to share something that has been sitting on my nightstand for the last week. I think we are on the subscription list for “Do Well” magazine from “Crown Financial Ministries” because before I started blogging I looked at their system as a way to get things under control. It is a quarterly publication that is filled with such great info! This quarter they shared tips on how to lead our children to financial independence. I like that they break it up into age brackets and sum up the larger principles.
Ages 0-3: Teach them to respect others and share their belongings.
Agea 3-5: Teach preschoolers the importance of saving and giving. This can start a life of good habits.
Agea 5-8: Teach lessons of personal responsibility. Chores can give your children a sense of puprose and help them understand their responsibility to the family. Aside from chores, give your children opportunities to earn money of their own.
Ages 8-12: Encourage your children to give at church, and help them find opportunities to share with people in your community and around the world. Also, begin teaching them how to make the most of their money as a consumer.
Ages 12-16: Help your children stay focused on preparing for life through traditional and non-traditional education opportunities. Find mentors who can help your children explore their interests and find a career path that uses their God given strengths.
Those are great little nuggets of information to use in the raising of children. The article goes into much more detail of course but these are good take-aways. I’m thankful that although we are a financial train wreck, we still have our kids at home so they can learn from our errors.
A quick closing note to thank everyone for their thoughtful commentary on the lease-to-own issue as well as my job issue. We value your input more than you know!