Monday, April 6, 2015

On My Mind Monday

Every conversation about money is also about values.  Allowance is also about patience.  Giving is about generosity.  Work is about perseverance. Negotiating their wants and needs and the difference between the two has a lot to do with thrift and prudence.  And running through all these conversations is a desire for kids to have perspective - to know why they may have more than most people in the world but will probably never have more than every one of their peers.  And why there's no shame in having more or having less, as long as you're grateful for what you have, share it generously with others, and spend it wisely on the things that make you happiest.  It's true for our kids, but it's true for us, too.

~ Ron Lieber
The Opposite of Spoiled
Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money

This is a worthwhile read for all parents.  Much of what Lieber writes is common sense, but I find that common sense is not very common in this day and age.  It validated many of my thoughts and feelings about kids and money.