Monday 15 June 2020

Questions and Answers (Thirty-Six): Money Skills for Children

At what age should we introduce or expose our children to currency – money?

That is an excellent question. Thanks for asking. You know, engaging our children, in this wise early is one of the ways we help them grow aright unto maturity. I love the way Ephesians 4:14-15 reads. Permit me to reference it here. It reads,
“Then we will no longer be like children, tossed around here and there upon ocean waves, picked up by every gust of religious teaching spoken by liars or swindlers or deceivers. Instead, by truth spoken in love, we are to grow in every way into Him—the Anointed One, the head.” (VOICE)
Even though the reference here is specifically to the church, we can use the same reference in talking about our children. This is the whole aim and intent of parenting. Any result other than this, and we are a capital FAILURE.

So, getting back to the specific question, the answer is as soon as they can reason. That is as soon as they know the difference between right and left (note, I did not say wrong). Even, you can start sooner if possible. Never take anything for granted. You want to take every opportunity to sow the right seeds into them. If there is a truth you want them to catch. You want to start sowing it into them immediately.

They don’t have to understand at the beginning. Just keep sowing they’ll catch up. You see a pregnant woman speaking to her unborn child and you think she is merely being emotional. Really? Are you that far behind? There is communication taking place. There is a transmission and there is a reception. What else do you need?

In ancient Greece, pregnant women surrounded themselves with beautiful pictures and statutes. This was so the unborn children might receive from their mother’s mind images of health, beauty, symmetry, and order. The women would gaze on the lovely art so that their children would be born with these qualities of grace and reason. We see Jacob applying this same principle in scriptures to sheep.

If unborn children can be so nurtured and mentored, I believe the answer to your question is self-evident.

Hoping this helps and answers your question.

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