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Financial Lessons From A Teen????

November 1, 2010 · 30 comments

in Parenting, Personal Finance

Ok, this is probably going to be a short post.  It is more a declaration of victory than an informative, literary masterpiece.

Anyway, last night my daughter was saying she was mad because she was going to miss her favorite tv show because of a certain event.  My husband and I started discussing a DVR,  and if it made sense to get one.  (His birthday is coming up!)

I started checking the internet to see how much DVRs cost, because I actually had no idea.  While I was on the internet, my 16 year old son came in and said “We totally don’t need a DVR since we only watch 4 shows a week”.


I was in shock.  I stopped our conversation right then and there and told him how proud I was of him for coming to that conclusion.  It was incredibly mature, considering a DVR would benefit him.  He said that if he misses a show he normally likes to see, he just watches it online or on-demand.  It was very basic logic, coming from an unexpected source!

It is funny how such a small thing can tell you a lot.  My kids hear me talking about money quite a bit.  I figured my discussions went in one ear and out the other because saving is not nearly as fun as spending, and kids don’t always think about the long term.  However, it appears some of my bits of wisdom may have actually been heard!  Or, maybe he just came to this conclusion all on his own, but I prefer to take credit where I can get!  :)

As a side note, I had decided not to buy a DVR on my own once I saw the prices.  I thought maybe they were $49.00 or something, that is how clueless I was.  However, I did not tell my son that- I will let him continue to think he talked us out of it.

Have you ever had a moment where you realized your teachings may have sunken in?   Please share!

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