Your Family’s Pandemic Survival Plan
Teens are not only ready to more regularly share mundane household burdens, but can be empowered by participating in a family’s pandemic survival plan.
Ask your teens what expenses they think can be avoided right now? Their answers might surprise you on the upside. We are already hearing about kids suggesting cutbacks without being prompted, proof positive that High School students are often more intuitive than their parents give them credit for. If your children have never been brought into these types of conversations, they may need time to adjust and consider what they are willing to do without – but who can remain angry at a sincere request to help when the need is so evident? And for “first-timers”, the fact that this conversation is even taking place signals that the need is real and time-sensitive.
No one would have hoped for the current crisis, but older kids can learn from it by being allowed to actively participate in their family’s survival. They won’t die from fewer choices in their closet or the fridge. If allowed, they can exit the pandemic with more respect and appreciation for you, the life you’re providing, and what it might take for them to do the same one day. How can that be bad?
Hang onto hope everyone. Lets get through this – if nothing else – with money-smarter kids.
If you are interested in how children research the full value of a request or purchase (before they make it) at one of our in-classroom workshops, please click on the Green or Pink Buttons below. Of course, they can also do this at home!