Every now and then you wonder if the stuff you’re trying to teach your kids is actually getting through. A lot of times you see progress, but a lot of times you don’t and you wonder if you are missing the mark on certain things.
The other day, a pretty cool thing happened. Probably the coolest thing that happened all week, and it validated, at least for an instant, that we’re hitting home on a couple of things.
Cider and Donuts Time
We’ve had a nice late October warm spell recently. Here in Michigan, that generally means temps around the 60’s and maybe even 70. The past weekend was nice, as was Monday, so we decided to hit the local cider mill for apple cider and donuts. This cider mill has been around for over 150 years, so they know what they’re doing!
We got everybody gathered up and were heading out to the car, when my 3-year old daughter came out of the house after having put her shoes on (and on the right feet this time, yay!) and she had a dollar bill in her hand. We had a family Halloween party last Friday and each of the kids ended up with a few dollars as part of their treat bags.
I told her that she should go put her money back in the house so that she wouldn’t lose it, and she told me “No. I want to pay!” I asked her to repeat herself, and she confirmed that she wanted to pay for cider and donuts!
That was so cool.
The whole way to the cider mill, she kept a hold of her dollar, and kept it as we stood in line. As we got to the register and ordered, she put her dollar up on. She wanted to pay!
(For the record, we snuck the dollar back off the counter and will be putting it back in her piggy bank).
That showed me that she’s learning two key lessons:
- Generosity – She knows that is her money and she was willing to give it up for something fun for our family. That’s a great display of generosity and kindness that is often not seen with children that young. Both of our kids have big hearts and it’s always a nice reminder when you see it on display like this.
- Money – We talk through basic concepts about money, that I go to work to earn money, that you need money to pay for things, and that different types of money hold different values, and that things cost different amounts. To see that she’s grasping the fact that in order for us to get cider and donuts, we would have to spend money, that was a great feeling as a parent, and it shows we’re on target. Now we just need to keep it that way.
Readers, how have your little ones surprised you when it comes to money or life lessons?