My teenage kids (one of whom drives to school on her own..) are well aware that gas is almost $3.70 a gallon right now. Instead of griping or panicking about the bad economy.. I hope other parents will join me in explaining to our kids how tight family budgets are.. and how they can help. I'm teaching my son to mow the yard himself, so I can work on some other yard projects.. and we don't have to pay somebody else to do it. After he learns all the safety rules, he can mow the yard in the afternoon while I'm here doing the news.
My daughter just wrapped up 35 weeks of a major Sunday night babysitting job last night.. and I'm encouraging her to find a job with more hours and a bigger paycheck. I think teaching our children how they can contribute to the family's financial health, make their own money, and learn what it's like to keep up with their chores, or their job responsibilities.. could be their biggest life lesson now that school is over. Will you help with that, in your family?? RH