Our journey into being frugal
by, 09-09-2008 at 12:05 PM (744 Views)
I find it odd that my eleven year old son could make me feel so bad for not "having" and extra 65.00 for an Xbox game that he wanted just becasue the sun was shining. I mean what gives him this sense of entitlement? And I thought, he is a direct reflection of the way I was. I have always been frugal, and was raised that way by a single mother. But with me becoming a nurse two years ago and holding tight to the idea that I can give them more than I could ever dream of, the kids have become more accosumed to getting better things, dinner out twice a week. And I dont mean fast food, better clothes... What am I doing I began to ask myself. I was turning my kids into those bratty little kids that I see screaming in the mall. Those snobby kids who look down on those that don't have what they are privledged to have. Wait! Hold on! Lets try this again! And one year after that my sons and I are on a new path that does include indulgences on occassion, but one that is mostly paved with the bricks of truth, giving, and gratefulness. I am now walking an honest path with him, and I am not ashamed to say "no" or "I don't have the money for that". It is so hard to stop in the moment and be greatful and thankful for your blessings, but I am grateful for that day we had when I almost had a meltdown in gamestop. That day showed me the person my son could have grown into.I'm grateful and proud of the choices and I make now and his ability to see peoples needs so clearly in a situation. This is our journey. One day at at a time.