February 20, 2008

"It's only change!"

That was my young daughter's response when I asked her why there were coins on the floor in her room. I told her that because I was picking them up to vacuum; I was going to keep them. She shrugged her shoulders and said it was fine.

Over the course of the next few weeks, whenever I vacuumed, I put the coins I found on her floor into a jar. When the jar was half full, I took it to her room, dumped it on her bed and told her to help me count it. It totaled nearly five dollars. By the look of disbelief on her face I knew my little experiment had been successful.

I never again found spare change on her floor. What have you done to teach your children about money?

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