Some Days are Crazy…

I have attempted to blog half a dozen times today, but my pesky job keeps getting in the way.  It’s probably just as well, because I was having issues coming up with anything witty to say today.

Yesterday, I attempted to teach my niece’s girl scout troop about budgeting, and balancing checkbooks.  Considering that they are 10 years old, they barely have ever seen actual currency in their lives.  All of them knew what a credit card was.  The problem is, they didn’t quite understand the concept of paying for things.

Kids now, think if you don’t have money use a card.

When I was a kid, I remember all too well thinking, “Geez, just write a check, Mom!”  I guess things haven’t changed too much only the method has.

I have challenged them all to save, and started them all with checkbook registers to keep track of their bi-weekly dues.  We’ll have to see if my sister keeps them doing it.

They did like the banks I gave them, and were impressed with the checkbook covers and registers.  I think they felt pretty grown up.  It was cute.

The girls were funny, and I remember all too well, being a little girl scout myself.  I would really like to be able to find a little Daisy Troop for Mea to be in.  I think she’d have fun.


2 Comments on “Some Days are Crazy…”

  1. Jen says:

    Well done you! Just in this last year I’ve been trying out the concept of saving with E. We are tippy toeing into it with her piggy bank. She likes taking it to the bank, but she doesn’t really understand what’s happening yet.

    • Kelly says:

      Mea’s job right now is to pick pocket all of her Dad’s change to go in her piggy bank. They are still a little young to “get it.” My niece and the girl scouts are 10. They don’t teach anything about checking accounts, saving, or credit even in high school here. I have offered to do a similar seminar at the local high school, and the teachers act like I am trying to sell the kids something. They need to know, so they don’t ruin their credit before it is even built. Infuriates me. Mack had a checking acct at 12, and has been balancing it herself just as long. Some times parents don’t even think about it as something to teach their kids. Gah.

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