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|Posté le: 08/07/2017 04:52:45 Sujet du message: Teaching Thrift To Children
"Thrift," says the dictionary, means prosperity. It does not mean, "going without," the definition of the word we have generally accepted in these times, when preachers of thrift are arising upon every hand to tell us how to do without this or that thing.
Thrift really means securing what one wants most. It means one's choice, not miserliness, and we cannot begin too soon to teach this truism. In the home, then, let us start, for it offers an opportunity for daily practice, and if the children are to go without something they want, let it be because they themselves want something else more, not because someone else wants it more.
Efficiency and thrift are closely related. Efficiency in the household means a thrifty household, and efficiency can best be secured in the home by holding a family council and determining upon a budget. If the children are old enough to have a fir understanding of the family problems, talk over the family affairs with them. Let them know what the family income is, and let them help to devise a family budget. Explain to them, as you would explain to the board at a directors' meeting, what a fair share of the income would be for each, and formulate plans for saving.
But you have only made a start when you have decided upon what is to be saved. Let the children understand there can be no saving until there has been an earning first, and here is where thrift should first be practiced. But this, too, is not sufficient, for if there is no thrift practiced in spending, there will be nothing left to save. There are, then, three ways of practicing thrift - in earning, spending, and in saving.
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