SMART MOVE WITH MONEY PAYS OFF
IT is Money Smart Week next week, apparently. We are not sure who declared it Money Smart Week or whether it is just another commercial opportunity masquerading as a community service. Anyway, a survey done as part of the promotion does bring up a valuable point - it is extremely important to teach our children the value of money. According to the research, only about half of children aged seven to 14 receive pocket money for helping around the home. Another quarter is paid for good behaviour. Some might think this is a bit mercenary but it is an early lesson on money management. All children should get the opportunity to earn money and to choose where they spend it. Like it or not, the capitalist system is driven by commercial allure and everything is geared to make us cough up our hard earned. If children find out early how hard cash is to come by, then it is to be hoped they will use it wisely.
Rick Lee - CNG Editor