Mommy Moments: Teaching Our Young Ones The Value Of Money

Yey! I’m finally able to join Mommy Moments again. I did miss going through wonderful entries of other moms. The themes for September are all tips which moms can share with one another. I definitely need to join this as I’m sure to learn valuable tips from you Moms.

I’m no expert in this field but we do our best to teach the toddlers the value of money. Young as they are, the toddlers are already being taught the concept of money. We tell them how we work to earn money, how to spend it wisely, and how to save for the rainy days.

We explain to them how we their parents work hard to earn money so we would have food, shelter and other basic needs. When they are a bit older and are capable of doing chores, we plan on giving them “salaries” for chores they do.  We’ll be giving them three money jars each to allocate their “salaries”: One for savings, one for sharing, and one for spending. Hopefully, this would help them be more responsible in handling money when they are older.

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with their coin banks

When we go out, we allow them to pay for purchases made. This shows them that money is needed to buy the things that we want and need.  We also stress that “needs” come before “wants.” Thankfully, they do not make a scene when told that we can’t get something they want because we have no more money for it.

We take them to the bank when we deposit funds in their accounts.  This practice of saving we wish for them to keep until they are grown up.

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with their Junior Savers Club passbook

We really don’t want them to grow up thinking that money is the most important thing in the life, but we do want to teach them to be responsible adults capable of providing for their own needs. Now I look forward to more ideas on how to teach my little ones to save from the Moms who joined this week’s Mommy Moments.

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Mommy Moments: Family Field Trips

The theme for Mommy Moments this week is Parks.  When we take the toddlers out, we often just go to the mall for clothes or grocery shopping or for dining out.  We’ve been able to take them already to a couple of parks though.

Their first visit to a historical park – The Rizal Park.

A morning stroll at the Rizal Park makes for a great family bonding moment.

A quick drive through another historical park – The Quezon Memorial Circle.

    

An ocean adventure at a theme park – The Manila Ocean Park.

Sea Lion Watch with Papa and the Toddlers

A favorite hang-out – The Loyola Memorial Park.

Kite Flying and Boomerang Throwing at the Memorial Park

Oh, ok. The last one shouldn’t count. But it is technically also called a “park”.  Check out the parks other families have visited at The Mommy Journey.

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Daddy Moments on Mommy Moments

I am blessed to have the luxury to stay at home and be with the children without having to worry about paying the bills and such matters.  My husband enslaved by the corporate jungle is the one who toils in a boring office room to provide for all our needs.  Since his work robs precious time with the toddlers, he tries to make the most of weekends and evenings he gets to spend with the little ones.

 

going shirtless one very hot summer day

relaxing one cool morning

angry

sad

grrr....

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Mommy Moments: Our Hands-on Papa

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Although both our pregnancies were unplanned and completely took us by surprise, my husband embraced both with delight and pride.  He wasn’t the type of husband who gave in to my every whim and fancy while I was carrying the children in my womb.  He did explain to me that he just didn’t want to spoil me (But I wanted to be spoiled rotten then! Boohoo!) lest I get used to the attention and became painfully demanding forever (Hmmm…).

Though he isn’t a spoiler, he can not be faulted as a father.  He is a very hands-on Papa to our two toddlers. From the time the children were born, he had had his share of diaper changes (wee-wee only, no poop please!), spit-up clean ups, nurse duty when one of the toddlers is sick, feeding time mess, etcetera, etcetera.  Until now, he helps feed the toddlers during mealtimes, volunteers to bathe them when this mom has a migraine-attack, and offers to babysit when Mama pleads for a day off.   Despite our many arguments about our different views on child discipline, my husband still is, inarguably, the best father my children could ever have.

Papa's hand and newborn Jade's little foot

Little Jade slumbering peacefully on Papa's tummy

Papa to Jakei: "Beh!! You look just like me!"

Proud new Papa of a bouncing baby boy

Mommy Moments: Mother’s Day

I woke up on Mother’s Day without my husband beside me.  There was nary a note or even a text message to tell me where he went.  But knowing him, I knew he’d be back with a surprise for me. Since we got married, he has always given me a bouquet of flowers on Mother’s Day.  And that, he did again this year.

I had already finished preparing breakfast and still there was no sign of him so I was a tad bit irritated because it seemed that he’d be missing breakfast with us.  Just as I was about to feed the toddlers, he opened the door and gave me a beautiful bouquet of flowers.  He also brought home a cake from Chocolate Kiss!

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The rest of the day was spent at home just lazing around with my husband and the kid. Although I would have appreciated a little pampering and some time for myself, there really is no better way to spend Mother’s Day than mothering your brood.

Read more stories about Mother’s Day at The Mommy Journey.

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