The kids budget their money with three envelopes each. They have an envelope for “Give”, “Save”, and “Spend”.
Budgeting is hard for adults, much less kids!! They do pretty good. The line between Save and Spend can be difficult for them. And I wonder sometimes if the lesson is really getting thru. Then comes a day like today.
I told the kids about a 9-year-old boy who was in an accident. I told them how God is working miracles with his recovery! And how he still has a long ways to go. I told them how he has four siblings at home. The kids decided to empty their “Give” envelopes to donate to the family. They have $112 to send to this family! It wasn’t even a question. “Give it all” was one comment. This all really hit home with my 10 year old. He reflected back on his younger, 9 year old self and shared how being 9 is hard enough!
I actually first told the kids about this family on Friday. Over the weekend, I didn’t do anything. And the kids even brought it to my attention today. “Mom, did you give my money to the boy yet?” They were happy to give. ❤
Tonight I am thankful that the kids have generous hearts. I am thankful that they are learning a little about budgeting. And I am thankful that they are learning the benefit of being responsible with their money, so that they are in a position to help those in need! I know God is smiling at their hearts! I sure am!