Are they listening??

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Registered: 05-02-2003
Are they listening??
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Tue, 09-02-2003 - 11:22am
I think we've all had the experience of talking (or lecturing) our children and feeling that our words are falling on deaf ears. Then once in a while, for a bright shining moment, they somehow let us know they've been listening. Please share your shining moment!!

Best Always,

Sherrie

co-cl


Edited 9/2/2003 11:34:31 AM ET by cl-iluv_being_a_mom

Sherrie Rainbow

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Registered: 05-02-2003
Tue, 09-02-2003 - 11:34am
Let me preface by saying that Sean has a tendency to be very irresponsible with money - big shock he's 10 (everything is a *need* which much be fulfilled immediately LOL). Talks about savings and setting priorities for his funds happen frequently. I've actually had a couple shining moments on this subject:

The first (and I may have shared this already, sorry) - I was looking over his requests from the most recent book order form to come home from school. He had selected a few books and a couple posters. I told him I would pay for the books but he had to pay for the posters out of his allowance. He told me he didn't want the posters bad enough to pay for them himself. Then said, "I guess I should've thought of that when I was spending *your* money." I almost cried, I was so proud of him.

The second (and most recent) - He asked for help with savings. He wants to save $1,000 and decided that he couldn't do it alone (not now anyway) - so he asked that we hold 50% of his allowance for him and not let him have it. So far, he's gotten almost $50 and he's so proud (so are we). I'm hopeful that the success of reaching his savings goal will encourage him and enable him to begin developing the self-discipline to do it without our help.

Best Always,

Sherrie

Sherrie Rainbow