Promoting frugality as a way to live a simple and prosperous life.
Kids will always compare things, such as house sizes. But what influences a kid to say, “My house is bigger than yours, my cars are better than yours….” Parents? My wish for these affluent parents would be for them to realize that they have great power to influence their kids with the right kind of advice. I wish these parents would tell their kids this: “With great ‘wealth’ and square-footage comes great responsibility to be a great person who is humble, compassionate, and respectful.” I can only wish!
Last night was Back to School Night at the Middle School, and the principal put up a quote on his PowerPoint that spoke to me…and I’m sure it’ll speak to anyone who reads this blog…
With the price of food and teen metabolisms both spiraling upward, what’s a parent on a budget to do? How do we feed our teens healthy food to fill them up and not out? Here are some thoughts from some favorite resources.
Guidance for redefining success-
The Tightwad Tutor–Lesson #10: Save 20% Or More By Grocery Shopping Without Your Kids
Teaching kids valuable and practical life and work skills can be difficult in this age of the enabling parent. I’m reading one new and excellent book, “Cleaning House: A Mom’s Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement,” because I refuse to raise helpless and entitled kids.
Frugal Parenting: The Financial Benefits of Breastfeeding
The Connecticut Financial Reality Fair is an essential program teaching teens about the realities of money and how far a buck will go. So far it’s for high school students, but wishing it would reach to Middle Schoolers, too.