Ever since Anthony and I attended free financial literacy seminars a few years ago, we’ve been striving to implement the lessons we learned about managing money. I’ll be honest with you — it’s very, very challenging! Still, I thank God that we’re in better financial shape now compared to before, thanks to His providence shown primarily through (a) the generosity of our family and (b) the blessing of our work.
Since we also want to teach our kids the basics of money, especially about its value, the concept of earning AND saving/investing it (among other things), we also try to incorporate valuable money lessons in our everyday life. I try to abide by what I wrote in this article a few years ago (please forgive the broken links, if ever, and the incomplete article. I’ll have to update that post!). Basically, we try to teach the kids about the importance of earning, saving, investing and giving.
The (painful) truth is… despite what we do, I sometimes end up saying, “Money doesn’t grow on trees!” a lot, especially when we’re out and the kids see something they want us to buy for them “on my birthday, or maybe at Christmas, please, Mama? Please, Papa?” Yup, we do tend to spoil our kids at times (*sighs*) but we also try to keep them grounded.
That’s why when my friend Ginger told us about one of the workshops her company is holding this weekend, I told myself, “We have to go!” And immediately
told asked Anthony if we could attend it. He said yes, so yey! 🙂 We’ll be going to the Money Smart Kids Workshop on February 23, Sunday! (I know the poster says “Saturday,” but Feb. 23 is a Sunday! He, he!)
I’m excited to learn from Fitz Villafuerte because I am a fan of his writing and admire his advocacy for financial literacy, especially among Filipinos. I hope the kids will be as excited as I am! There are going to be hands on learning activities and games, so I expect they’ll enjoy the workshop (please pray that they do, ha, ha!). I’m not sure if Rysse can join it though, as the event details indicate that it’s only for children aged 7 to 12 years old. Still, she’ll have to tag along with us because we won’t be able to leave her with anyone! 🙂 I’m sure she’ll pick up some valuable lessons along the way!
If you want to know more about the Money Smart Kids Workshop (and to register), please click here. Hope to see you there! 🙂
How do you teach your kids the basics of money? Come share!