The Accountant

It’s no secret that I am making a  change to my teaching career.

Instead of working five days a week, I will be working only Fridays with a friend and trusted colleague.

Next year, I will be her “Girl Friday” if you will.

Honestly, I have mixed feelings about this decision but mostly, I’m excited.

My teaching partner and I have already spent time planning a schedule for Fridays that will allow me time with small groups of learners as well as powerful whole class teaching.

The schedule is impressive and I think the students will benefit from experiencing two talented teachers working as a team.

Obviously, when your job is reduced by 80% there is a noticeable difference to the checkbook.

I knew this when I made this change.

What I didn’t realize was that my son would be so aware about the financial implications of our decision.

No, I don’t consult my son about our financial situations, but in an effort to teach him about the value of a dollar, I have made comments about waiting for expensive wants instead of budgeting to assure that our needs are met.

I didn’t realize, I should have but I didn’t, that my son would take my harmless comments about not painting our house or skipping the expensive vacation so seriously.

I think you spend too much money on coffee now.

I don’t need a 3DS for my birthday, I already have a game that is already purchased!

How much does it cost to have a dog?  How much does it cost to have two dogs?

I heard these comments and I didn’t immediately connect the recent concern with my new schedule.

My son overheard us talking about getting a rental for the weekend of my writers convention.

While we compared locations and pet policies, my son called from the back room that we needed to “go with the cheapest.”

Later that night, we clarified with my TBP that while we appreciate his awareness that money doesn’t grow on trees, these money concerns are not a kid problem, managing the money is our job.

Not surprisingly, he had a few more comments but we assured him that we had it under control.

We do, right?

I am lucky for this new possibility.  Will some changes need to be made to our current spending?  Of course; however, until my son is an accountant or bringing home the bacon…

We will worry about the bills.

How do you talk with your child about money?

 

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7 thoughts on “The Accountant

  1. What I like most about this article is that your son feels part of the team, a family where you all share the load. He willingly gives up his desires so as not to hurt the team. He is thinking of others. He is maturing.

  2. Your post hit home with me. My hubs and I have made the mistake of talking about money in front of my daughter and it stresses her out. She suddenly doesn’t want us to spend anything and gets so worried. We have realized that we need to have these conversations out of earshot of her, and just reassure her that she need not worry. If something is too expensive, we’ll let her know, in the meantime, everything is fine! Good luck in the next chapter of your life….enjoy!

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