Writing about wish jars recently got me thinking about productivity (jars). Can’t wait to hang out with me at a party, can you? But that then got me thinking about how well we manage to fit our priorities and values, our big rocks, into our life jars.
After 6 weeks of total lockdown and successful homeschooling, our kids were able to leave our property for the first time on Sunday. We spent an hour walking around the neighborhood and some local scrubland. The kids had a great time picking wildflowers, running on empty roads and looking for Iberian Lynx.
Mrs Chaos and myself are three weeks into our new job roles during the Coronavirus lockdown. The politically correct term is homeschooling parents. But really, we’re more like prison guards at a maximum-security penitentiary.
Six months ago, we decided to give our kids money. More specifically, an allowance (pocket money in the Queen’s English). You may be wondering, given our stingy frugal Scottish links, why we decided to give our kids an allowance? And are we regretting it?
Winning not whining, in case you misread the title. Kids win a lot. Too much in fact. I glibly thought prior to birthing our many offspring, ‘If I ever have kids, I would NEVER let them do THAT!’ But that was before I knew that children are born with an innate and inexhaustible capacity to wear us down.
I’ve been trying to come up with an effective way of introducing friends and family to financial independence (FI). Operation Death by Spreadsheet was an abject failure. I couldn’t even get Mrs Chaos to read a book or listen to a podcast about this stuff, so what chance have I got recommending these to anyone else.
Disclaimer: If you’re reading this post for advice on how to make yourself the center of the world, then, unfortunately, your search must go on. This post is for people who have young kids or envisage a future where they might like a child or two. This post is not for people who have no desire for kids, you may scroll swiftly past smirking as you do so. Or people whose offspring are already teenagers or grown, you can send us your advice, smirking as you do so.
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