Welcome to a frosty Felixstowe this morning, but although its frosty outside – your attitude to people today doesn’t need to be frosty. Speak to people and treat people as you would like them to speak and treat you. Today i’m talking about how children behave with money.
“Mum! Dad! Can I have £20 to buy a new game? Can I have some money to go to the movies with my friends? Will you buy me some sweets? Can I have…?? Will you buy…???”
How many times have you heard things like this? Whether you have young children, teens or maybe even grown children, at some point or another you’ve probably felt like their personal cashpoint. And the reality is, most parents give in to their children’s’ requests.
Today our culture tends to raise an entire generation of spoiled-rotten children who think only of themselves. It’s a “give me now” generation. But your children don’t have to be counted among these spoiled-rotten brats. You can turn this situation into something good!
Especially over the holidays, Easter breaks and summer fun children seem all about want, want, want. But isn’t it so refreshing to see parents raising their children to understand the importance of work and how to be wise with money. Is that you?
Imagine if you had been taught how to make money and to work hard with a good attitude when you were young? Life would be so much easier now, wouldn’t it? Or maybe you are one of the few who were taught at an early age. Look how that has impacted your adult life!
I’ll say this: You do not have to raise spoiled brats who say, “Gimme…I want…I need…NOW!” Instead, you can help your children become well-rounded people with a good perspective on life.
All children have selfish tendencies, but they can be groomed to have an unselfish heart eager to give, serve and help others. This will prepare them for their future as a spouse, parent, employee or business person.
Your children are watching you, and they will do what you do. Take some time today to think about the example you are setting. How do you spend money? How do you talk about work? Do the words, “I don’t want to go to work today” ever come out of your mouth? What about “I can’t afford it”?
You, as a parent, have an obligation and a moral responsibility to groom your children for success. Besides, I know you do not want to be the cashpoint Parent for the rest of your life. You certainly do not want to have a 30-year-old child STILL living in your cellar and STILL asking you for cash to go out with their friends.
The bottom line is… children NEED to learn how to work and to make money. They must learn how to be wise financially, and in every other area of their lives. Your children are watching you and they will do what they see you do.
Are you setting your children up for a lifetime of financial success? Be the example today, and help your friends, family and community to do the same! Leave me your comments and please Like and Share today’s message.
This is your life – make it count.