A Greener Way of Living, at Home and Abroad
How many of you remember getting “BIG MONEY” during the holidays from a favorite aunt or uncle or maybe your Godparent. I remember one particular Christmas, I had been sick with a very sore throat. My uncle was visiting and the family was sitting in the kitchen. I walked into the kitchen all wrapped up in my blanket. My uncle picked me up and did what he always did. He pulled a shiny silver dollar out of my ear. That was BIG MONEY back then. I remember putting it in my bank which was a wooden box with a little lock. I could not open the box and spend my money until the box was filled. To me the box looked huge and it seemed to take forever to fill, but when I did fill it I could buy US Savings Stamps and later on I put the savings in the bank. The rest of the money I could spend on toys and such at the local Five and Dime.
When my children were little and their grandparents gave them money as a gift we always encouraged them to save some, share some and spend some.
Today when your child is given a monetary gift why not help them create a 3-S bank – Saving, Sharing and Spending. All you need are three jars with lids, tape, recycled paper that is blank on one side and crayons. I find pickle jars work well, though a friend suggested using small gift boxes with lids so you can cut a slot in the top. If you use jars, wash both the jars and lids. Cut the paper into three strips wide enough to cover the jar. Make designs on the paper with the crayons and print the words – Save, Share or Spend – one word on each strip of paper. Then wrap the jar with the decorated paper and secure the paper with tape. In the past I used a sharp knife to cut a slit in the jar lid but now I suggest you just unscrew the jar lid to put in the money.
Other suggestions to build your child’s generosity:
Remember that we all learn how to be caring human beings through observation, imitation, and internalization. So teach through example, demonstrate your generous spirit today.