My sons lug in their large, glass money jars. We are entering Target, land of their every desire. They've been saving up for Transformer underwear. With great pride and anticipation they picked them out and headed to the cashier. Everyone is watching. We are a sight. The coins jangle loudly against the glass. We are all chatting and verbally processing our joy.
"I have Bumblebee on my underwear!"
"Yeah, I have Jazz."
"Mine are red."
"Mine are red too."
The cashier interjects, "Wow, you make your kids buy their own underwear?"
"Well, no. They have underwear at home, but they wanted Transformer underwear which they didn't need, but they wanted."
This is language that we use in our house. When my second announces that he needs white donuts I ask, "Do you need them or do you want them?"
I have a deep passion to pass on a healthy attitude toward money to my children. I want them to be content with what they have, to give to others in need, to learn to wait for things they want...to save. I want them to know you can have fun and be filled with joy without a lot of toys. The goal is to go shopping and leave with nothing...if there is nothing to buy.
The Target cashier smiled, "I think that is great! I can't believe they are so happy about underwear!"
I smiled, "Sorry about all these coins. I know it is a nuisance." So much easier to swipe and go.
"No problem at all," she said as she mentally counted the combination of quarters, nickels, dimes, and pennies.
How about you? How are you teaching economics to your children, money choices that love God and love others? How do you teach giving? How do you make it tangible?
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