Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Kids and money

I've been thinking about my nephew's behavior during our recent getaway together to Springfield. He was very thoughtful about my money. Before he replied to the waitress about a refill on his milk, he looked to me. When he used my cellphone to call home, he always proudly announced he got "the entire call done in less than 9 minutes!" It's important to note that I never mentioned the cost of anything regarding this trip, except that he'd have to use his allowance for souvenirs.

He's 9. I'm wondering if his awareness of money and his thoughtfulness about not squandering is good manners to be applauded, or perhaps his father's recent periods of unemployment have made him worrisome about matters that he shouldn't yet be bothered with.

3 comments:

  1. Children should not be worried about family financial problems...however, they do hear everthing! His parents maybe just be training a very fugual son..which is good. He sounds like a wonderful boy and I would sure let him know.
    What a great Aunt you are! Could you use a grandmother...??? ha ha

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  2. Harsh reality for a 9 year old. But good lessons to learn now instead of learning them when he's middle-aged. (speaking of my own financial journey in this world and I can't believe I called myself middle-aged)

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  3. Anonymous9:01 PM

    It's probably a combination of both. Sounds like he's a good kid though, your lucky you got to spend time with him.

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