Summer of #unspoiling continues but I must admit I have become a slacker on some days about keeping up chores and consistency. I am finding myself longing for the organized days of September because keeping a routine and schedule in the summer is just plain hard.
Today we hopped back on the chore wagon by making my girls clean out desks and drawers, hunting for things off their school list. We found about half of each of their lists so that is a major win. And it also confirmed my suspicions that when I ask Lily to clean her room she really just shoves everything in her desk…..
One of the major things we are cracking down on as part of project #unspoiling is stopping the constant asking for things. To be taken places, to be bought stuff and to be given treats every time they take a breath. The problem is they are used to these things (well not “quite” those things) and going backwards is pretty hard. But we are committed.
As I have said before, one of the most eye opening things for me ever since I read the article that took me on my #unspoiling journey is how much “spoiledness” lives in my own heart. And one of the biggest ways I see this is how I struggle with needs vs. wants.
I need a pedicure, I need a new dress (with nowhere to wear it), I need new bedroom furniture. Truth is I need none of those. I want them though. And somewhere in me, I feel as though I deserve them. Deserve them just for living and breathing I guess. Because life is hard and I am living a good and kind life and DARN IT I deserve it!!
So should it shock me that my kids can’t tell the difference either? They need whatever toy they just saw a commercial for. They need dessert. They need to go to Chuck E. Cheese. “How come we have only been to Disney once?????” Oh the depravity.
I think part of the problem is parents who need to hold a tighter line (i.e.. me). But I think part of the problem is my kids don’t have a good grasp on money. We keep saying that our kids need an allowance and we very very inconsistently give them one, but we need to be more purposeful about it.
PNC Bank has developed an awesome learning tool to help teach your kids about money, earning, saving, and spending. Best part is it does it at the level of a child’s understanding. Cute cartoons, easy to play games and best of all, watch videos from Sesame Street. You can even order a kit (in either English or Spanish) for some hands on learning. Concepts that are perfect for your preschooler.
It is all part of PNC’s “S is for Savings” account for kids. I will be telling you more about their actual account program in a later post but for now, check out their resources. I think it is going to be a good first step for us in teaching our kids about money.
How do you teach your kids about money?
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by PNC Bank. As usual all opinions are mine.