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It never fails to amaze me when one of my little brothers tells me that something is ONLY $100.00.  When I was growing up I had to learn the value of a dollar very early.  Aside from birthdays and Christmas, I was never just given money. I worked for every cent and my father taught me how to save.

He showed me that an act as simple as picking up dropped pennies will eventually add up.  For over a year I picked up change any time I could find it and stored it in a 5 gallon water jug. At the end of the year we sorted and wrapped the change.

Just from my picking up change, we were able to fund a family trip to six flags. The act of working for what you want and saving to get it has always stuck with me and I believe that we have really gotten away from teaching our children those values.

With how unstable things are in the economy we really need for our future to learn what the cost of something really is.

It is not about a stack of paper bills, but more about the time and effort put into making that money and deciding if all of that work is really worth what they are looking to purchase.

This past July, I took a cruise with my wife and her family, including her little brothers. The children had been given a daily budget of $20.00 to use however they wanted. Unfortunately on the Third day as I was passing the candy shop, the youngest brother was arguing with the cashier.

When I went in to see what the problem was, I noticed the gigantic sack of candy on the counter.  It was just past noon and he had already gone over his budget.

When I stepped in he was relieved, thinking that I would just pay the difference and he could go on about his day.  The look of shock on his face when I told him that I would pay the bill, only IF he repaid me with a day’s yard work, was priceless.

He pleaded that it wasn’t fair and I had to explain to him that it wasn’t fair for me to have to pay for his candy and was even less fair for him to waste the cashier’s time with the argument. After several minutes he reluctantly agreed. He had his candy and a week later I had my yard mowed.

So many of today’s youth feel that they are for some reason entitled to things that they have not worked for.

What lessons are you teaching your children to make them more aware of the real cost of an item and the fulfillment of a hard days work?

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Mariowen
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Mariowen
3 years 5 months ago
0 As a child, we were expected to help with chores needing done around the house and yard. There were no allowances or payment for the work we did. We did it as being a part of the family unit. We were given a roof over our heads and food for meals. Isn’t that what our parents work for? I think that youths today don’t participate in the family because they have no vested interest in it. The family doesn’t work together as a unit anymore and we suffer for it as we watch our children drift off from having… Read more »
Eric
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Eric
3 years 5 months ago
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I intend on teaching my soon-to-be-born son these lessons exactly! Thinking about how hard my grandparents and parents worked to achieve what they have, and then thinking about my own kids and the experiences they’ll grow up with, it kind of blows my mind how far we’ve come. There’s nothing like knowing the value of hard work!

Ron
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Ron
3 years 4 months ago
0 After reading many of peoples opinion on this, mine is you can direct your child but ultimatly, and unfortunatly they will learn most of lifes lessons on their own, the main thing you have to remember is to pull and not push, meaning live by example, let them see the way you operate through your day, the good and the bad, set the example, you can sit them down and try to explain it all or yell at them tell your blue in the face but, at the teen level they more than likely won’t follow your direction unless… Read more »
CaptTurbo
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CaptTurbo
3 years 5 months ago
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“So many of today’s youth feel that they are for some reason entitled to things that they have not worked for.”

That’s where tomorrow’s democrats come from.

Joel
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Joel
3 years 5 months ago
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Sadly, you are correct in stating that these kids who are raised with a sense of entitlement are conditioned to become tomorrow’s DemoBrats.

Parents, please love your kids, family, community and country enough to homeschool your kids. The Bible gives YOU this charge, not the government.

mark
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mark
3 years 5 months ago
0 As a kid my father told us our allowance was that he allowed us to make as much money as we could,We had eight kids and my dad made a hundred dollars a week. But and the big but is that we had a big home and made most everything ourselves .My uncle had a farm and we helped with that . I learned very early that if I wanted something I had to figgure out a way to earn it .All eight of us put ourselves through college and every one of us is sucessful. lessons well learned
Donna
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Donna
3 years 5 months ago
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I taught my daughter the principles of frugalness. I was such a frugal mother raising my kid, she went the opposite direction when she left home. Teaching doesn’t always work, but now she is in debt up to her ears and working 60 hours a week to pay her debts, I think my principles I taught my daughter have come back to bite her.

Johnny B
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Johnny B
3 years 5 months ago
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Economics is taught in many ways, for some it’s just going down to the welfare office and signing up for “their” check. For me, the middle of 11 kids, I was running a blueprint machine at 11,(when I wasn’t in school), earning 1.25 an hour, minimum wage, but when my siblings began stealing from me I left home at 12 and a half, lived where I could find work, looked 18, and they didn’t care on some jobs. I look forward for the zombie that crosses my path. JBG

kunquoda
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3 years 5 months ago
0 As a great grandmother, I have seen it go from bad to worse. I taught my daughters the value of a dollar by making them do certain things around the house in addition to their everyday chores. I couldn’t afford to give them money just for being cute. They were expected to make their beds every morning and each would take turns on KP ( kitchen patrol)for a week at a time. This was because they lived in the house so they were expected to help keep it clean. If they did extra things that wasn’t typically their responsibility,… Read more »
D. Zimmerman
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D. Zimmerman
3 years 5 months ago
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Boy….do I hear ya!

patti
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patti
3 years 5 months ago
0 Back in the early 1950’s when I was about 7yrs old. My Dad came accross a pair of old wool socks in grandma’s cedar chest. He tossed them on my lap and said “How much are these socks worth?” How would I know? He kept quizing me until I asked him what they were worth. I was not prepared for “the story of wool socks”. My grandparents were born about the end of the civil war. They lived and my Dad’s early years were just about like “Little house on the praire”. Only in SW Michigan. I was told… Read more »
Tessa
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Tessa
3 years 4 months ago
0 I taught my daughter all the ways to be frugal and live on a budget. Worked with her on the website crown.org (lots of free tools). Sadly she married a spender and a gambler. I understand why, he dotes on her and loves her in ways her father never did. Nuff said, she never comes to church without a Starbucks cup in her hand, this last Sunday she had her brother’s oldest in tow and the 11 year old had a Starbuck’s cup in her hand. I asked the 11 year old, you know what they call regular Starbuck’s… Read more »
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