Pulling weeds to build a well

Do you ever have those tough parenting days where you just need a win? Just a little encouragement that you’re on the right path? After this frustrating day, who knew weeds would provide the encouragement…

The boys’ VBS was collecting spare change as part of their daily offering. The money collected will be given to Blood:Water Mission, to provide clean drinking water in Africa.

This gave me the opportunity to talk to the boys about the “Share” portion of their Moonjar piggy banks. Recently, they have been asking about how they can “get coins”. At 5, they really don’t understand money. They don’t understand that a quarter is more than a penny. They don’t need allowance. But they understand that their Moonjar piggy banks hold money. And they want to fill each compartment.

As a result, they are obsessed with making money. They keep coming up with extra chores they can do around the house. Two of the boys decided that they would fill up a small wheelbarrow with weeds, for a quarter each time. They did this 6 times! Off they ran to their Moonjars and put two quarters in each: Save, Spend, Save. So excited, they went back outside and filled up three more wheelbarrows. (Yes, apparently we hadn’t weeded in awhile…) Three more quarters!

So we talked about how they could take their “Share” portion and give it away to go towards the Blood:Water offering. The best part?

They were so excited to make money to give away, I found two boys outside.

In their pajamas.

At 6:30am.

Picking weeds.

After they came home from VBS, the told me all about the people who had to walk a long way to get clean water. And that their money would go towards building them a well in their backyard. They were so excited that their pulling weeds is going to help build a well!

Teaching kids to Share, Save & Spend

Do you give away 1/3 of your income?

Can you imagine all the good that would happen if you did? (I know, I know, foreclosure on your house and inability to pay bills is not what qualifies as “good”…)

Our triplets turn 5 today (which still amazes me) and one gift they will each receive is a Moonjar. We are hoping to teach our children about money (how to think about it, how to be generous, how to share) by using the Moonjar. This modern day piggy bank contains three separate sections: Save, Spend and Share.

(source Moonjar.com)

What a great way to teach kids that if they receive or make money, they will get to save 1/3 of it, spend 1/3 of it and share 1/3 of it with church or a charity of their choice.

Spending money? No one needs to teach children (or adults for that matter) to spend money.

Why should we teach children to share their hard-earned lemonade stand money? It is important for children to know that what they have is a blessing from God. And He does not give it to us to hoard or spend recklessly. He wants us to bless others with His money. And what a great activity to be able to sit down with our kids to talk about how they can bless others!

Why should we teach children to save? It is important to learn to delay gratification and differentiate between needs and wants. Do they really neeeeeeeed that toy or lollipop or whatever? Probably not.

Will our 5 year olds really “get” these lessons? Probably not. But they never will if we don’t introduce it. We’ll see how it goes!