“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.” ~Mark Twain (maybe)
Your teen thinks your little money lessons are ridiculous. You know, like the gems in this article:
- Don’t Throw Good Money After Bad
- Do a Job You Love, and You’ll Never Work a Day in Your Life
- Buy Cheap, Buy Twice
- Don’t Buy Champagne on a Beer Budget
- You’re Never Too Young to Save
- There’s Nothing Wrong With Second-Hand
- Don’t Shop on an Empty Stomach
Why do you keep repeating your little sayings when they’re clearly bouncing off your kids?
Because they aren’t. They’re lodging in their minds like little dormant seeds ready to germinate as your child matures.
As Paul Michael says about throwing good money after bad:
“When my dad first told me this one, I was too young to really understand it. Honestly, even in my mid teens I wasn’t exactly sure what he was getting at. Then, when I became an adult with an income, and the means to make my own purchases, I got it.”
With a little context and experience, those seeds are going to sprout.
So keep at it dads. Upon emerging from their teen years, your kids will be astonished at how wise your little money lessons have suddenly become.
P.S. Happy Father’s Day, Dad. You continue to astonish. Thank you for the priceless life lessons.
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