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Responsibility and Financial Literacy at Home


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Parenthood is such a privilege! I don’t think it’s possible for anyone else to be closer to your heart than your children (and your spouse, of course). With that privilege of being a parent, comes responsibilities – many of them, which include love, support, food, clothing, shelter, discipline, and so on.

Responsibility (noun): Taking care of your duty.

When we are blessed with things, it becomes our responsibility to provide continual care and maintenance. This applies to everything we acquire, but with this post, I would like to focus on the relationships of parent-child, family-home, and family-money.

Not only is parenthood a privilege with many responsibilities, but so is home ownership. Taking care of a home has its responsibilities as well, and even more so – a home with children. As parents we lead by example and teach our kids to help with household chores like cleaning their rooms, taking out trash, sweeping, clearing the table, etc. Those are life lessons that will follow children into their adulthood.

In my home my husband and I make sure chores are completed before some privileges. (It comes with battles just like everyone else’s home!) Sometimes, depending on the layout of the day and events, we help our children come up with a schedule to complete their chores and still have their pleasurable activities that allow for fun to come before work. The goal with this is to teach responsibility, self-discipline, and time management. It doesn’t work smoothly or perfectly every time, but it is preparing them for adulthood – if they like it or not.

Financial Literacy (concept): The skill sets needed to make smart financial decisions.

What about teaching financial responsibility? It is just as important. Along with chores, children need to be financially literate as well. Teach them to make smart decisions on spending and saving money. This could be as simple as teaching your kids to compare prices when shopping, letting them help clip coupons, and through allowances. All these instances allow for you and your child to start a dialogue about money-management. Also, understanding credit and credit card use is definitely a big topic that needs to be discussed and its foundation set in all households. My husband is great with this in our home!

Another big lesson in money-management (perhaps the biggest of all) comes from setting a budget for your family and involve your children in learning what will and will not fit into your budget. This is great for teaching decision-making skills, problem-solving, and determining what priorities are. You’ll be rewarded by teaching your children these values of responsibility and money management. The reward is raising responsible citizens.


Happy Father’s Day


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This weekend we honor fathers!  My children, my sisters, and I are excited to be honoring my husband, Danny Bland, and my father, Gene Thurman.  Both are such good men with big hearts and great impacts on a lot of lives.

My husband and father are and have been involved heavily in education in North Carolina on all levels.  I can say firsthand that they have truly affected the lives of so many students in this great state.  Happy Father’s Day to you both!

Anyway….how did it all start?  (Father’s Day, that is).  Well, I posted a blog last month about the origin of Mother’s Day so it’s only fitting to do the same for all the terrific fathers out there.

Father’s Day is every third Sunday in June and is a complement to Mother’s Day.  This day is set aside to glorify and honor fathers and paternal bonds.  The very first observance of Father’s Day took place in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5, 1908.

It was organized by Mrs. Grace Golden Clayton, who wanted to celebrate the lives of the 210 fathers who had been lost in the Monongah Mining disaster several months earlier in Monongah, West Virginia, on December 6, 1907. It is possible that Clayton was influenced by the first celebration of Mother’s Day that same year, just a few miles away. Clayton chose the Sunday nearest to the birthday of her recently deceased father.  Unfortunately, the day was overshadowed by other events in the city, West Virginia did not officially register the holiday, and it was not celebrated again. Instead, credit for Father’s Day went to Sonora Dodd from Spokane, who invented independently her own celebration of Father’s Day just two years later, also influenced by Jarvis’ Mother’s Day.   However, Fairmont is now promoted as the “Home of the First Father’s Day Service”.

Please take time today to give reverence to all the fathers and father-figures in your life. Parenting is quite a challenging task and is by far the least recognized position you’ll ever have (if you become a parent).  Sometimes, we take those we love for granted and don’t speak often enough of our love, support, and gratitude.  Today, treat dads like the kings they are!  I know I will.  Thanks for reading.  🙂

Happy Father’s Day!


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