Monday, January 28, 2008

Money: What I learned from my parents

Last night was the second FPU class and one of the topics discussed was teaching children about money.

I grew up in a large family that didn't have an excess of money. Though I didn't know it at the time, apparently a lot of people considered us poor. However, we had what we needed and learned to live without a lot of junk. My family rarely ate out. We wore hand-me-downs. When we traveled, we stayed with friends instead of a hotel. Most of my growing-up years, we only had one vehicle. We didn't have many toys. (Feel free to pity me... :-p)

That may all sound very dour, but it wasn't. Rather, I gained a perspective on life and money that I'm beginning to realize is rather abnormal--in a good way. :-) I learned more from my parents than I think they ever realized, and I hope to pass a similar perspective on to my own children.

Beginning tomorrow, I plan to share a series detailing what I learned from my parents and some ideas on teaching your children to be financially responsible.


CC said...

We finished our FPU class in December! It was great and we've been putting more and more of his ideas in to practice!

BTW--I finally set up a public blog! :)

Bethany said...

Congrats on the new blog!